Last year, University of St. Francis (USF) senior Brandon Collofello (Minooka) amazed fans during half-time of a Fighting Saints basketball game with his successful attempt at doing “the most Aztec pushups” to set a Guinness World Record. While last year’s challenge was limited to the strength of one person, this year’s challenge will rely on the power of the entire University of St. Francis community. All you have to do is dance.
Brandon, with USF classmates Allison Rhodes (Minooka), Chelsea Rimington (Lena), and Katie Hayes (St. Charles), are planning another record-setting event on Sunday, March 30 that will hopefully draw 1,000 people from Joliet and the surrounding areas to Joliet’s Memorial Stadium for “the most people doing a hip hop dance.” The crowd will be guided on some simple choreography, then after a few practice runs, will perform the dance together with a little inspiration from USF’s mascot, Bernie.
According to the event web page, the dance is very inclusive– something that almost anyone can do. “Whether someone is in a wheel chair, standing up, or has special needs, the dance– which encompasses one basic move– can be performed.”
The noon event will be open to the public, and will last approximately 30 minutes with a celebration following. It promises to be great fun, and hopefully a Guinness world record will be set as a result of the group’s efforts.
The true inspiration behind all the efforts, however, is something more meaningful than just getting together to boogie. The $5 suggested donation per participant will go directly to two charities: the Illinois Special Olympics and Mercy Ships medical missions.
“We want to promote respect for all people, an appreciation for diversity, and place an emphasis on serving the local and international communities. The record-setting gathering is all about inclusion, regardless of ability or disability, and that’s why we’re involving a diverse group of participants” said Hayes, who also indicated that invitees range from special needs students, local college and high school students, and anybody who appreciates good rhythm.
Keep checking in at www.stfrancis.edu/bernielean for new details or to register. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to avoid long lines at the event.
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