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ACU social club aims for world’s longest softball game to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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April 13, 2005

Members of Gamma Sigma Phi men's social club at Abilene Christian University are planning to break the Guinness World Record for longest softball game as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The 60-hour, three-day game has been dubbed "Insanity for Humanity" and will begin Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to end Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. 

Members hope their marathon softball efforts will raise awareness and funds for the Abilene chapter of Habitat for Humanity with a goal of raising $68,000 – enough money to build houses for three families.

Forty members of the social club will play in the game, which will take place at the ACU intramural fields located on Campus Court.  Spectators may participate in drawings, silent auctions, games, entertainment and live music during the game.        

Through corporate sponsorships including Skinny's, the Mall of Abilene and Corf Consulting, as well as individual donations and pledges, the students have already raised approximately $17,000.  Students at ACU have been given the opportunity to donate through a booth set up in the McGlothlin Campus Center, and members of Gamma Sigma Phi have solicited donations by writing letters or asking for player sponsorships.  The game is open to the public and donations will be taken during the event. 

"This event is not about GSP, ACU, or the world record. It is about serving families in our community by raising money for a great cause," said Patrick Vincent, junior finance major from Arlington and Gamma Sigma Phi treasurer.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization providing affordable housing in partnership with the families who lack adequate shelter.  Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 175, 000 houses, providing shelter for nearly 900,000 people worldwide. With volunteers in 100 countries, Habitat houses are built every 26 minutes.  Homes are sold to homeowners at no profit, with no interest on mortgage, and are built by the homeowners and volunteers under trained supervision through the financial support of corporations, faith groups and individuals. 

For more information about Insanity for Humanity or how you can make a donation, contact Vincent at 817-781-9112, prv02a@acu.edu or visit http://www.insanityforhumanity.com/home.htm.

For more information about the Abilene chapter of Habitat for Humanity, visit http://www.abilenehabitat.org/ and for more information about Habitat for Humanity International visit http://www.habitat.org/.

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