Grove City College claims Guinness record for knockout

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The number 571 sound familiar?

If you're a devotee of a contest played on a basketball court called "knockout," you just might recognize those three digits as the largest assemblage of people ever to take part in a game of it -- largest ever, that is, until Friday.

That's when students, employees and others at Grove City College laid claim to a new Guinness world record by putting together what school officials say was a game of knockout with with 586 players.

According to Grove City, which made the announcement today, the game is played by those who form a line at the free-throw line on a basketball court. If the first player does not sink a basket from the line, the next in line tries to hit the shot before the first player can. If that occurs, the first player is out, the college said.

And so the game continues, until just one player is left.

The college said the game took place in the Physical Learning Center on campus and was part of a fundraiser for the United Way.

Louis Phillips, executive vice president of social affairs for the student government association, said through a college spokesman that the game commenced at 7:57 p.m. and finished about 2 1/2 hours later at 10:28 p.m. Most of the participants were students and the remainder were employees of the college of members of the community, officials said.

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