Local dodgeball teams go after world record

It was impossible to blame the 18 players for having a lack of energy. All of them were operating on the scant minutes they had to close their eyes.

"We didn't get real breaks," said Carino. "A half hour at a time is the most we got."

"It's really tough," said Von Guinness. "If you can work the mind-body situation out and get the body to do what the mind wants it to do, then everything falls into place."

One Hometown Dodgeball player, Kris Near (a.k.a. DJ Yosh), did his best to keep everybody going. The Glenville resident brought his DJ equipment with him and put together a 31-plus hour-long music mix on his computer.

"I knew it was a good way to get my DJ stuff out there and keep people entertained," said Near, a former Scotia-Glenville High School soccer player.

The event wasn't just about setting a Guinness World Record, though. Von Guinness, who heads up the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy, set up a donation bucket to raise money for his organization's scholarship fund, which helps Albany-area high school students go to college.

"I throw these fun events like the Santa Speedo Sprint [which takes place in December on Lark Street], and then the charity just presents itself," said Von Guinness.

Most of the people who stopped in to watch the dodgeball marathon donated out of their wallets, but there was a check in the bucket too " one written by Congressman Paul Tonko, who dropped by after making an appearance at the Albany Public Library next door to the Washington Avenue Armory.

"I don't know what we have in the kitty exactly, but I know we did well," said Von Guinness.

Other people made donations to the players " not monetary donations, but donations of food and sports drinks.

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