The Emma B. Howe Family YMCA, Coon Rapids, joined other YMCAs throughout the world in hosting a World Challenge Day Saturday.
One purpose was to shoot basketballs – making the shot was not required – to set a Guinness World Record for most basketballs shot in one day around the world.
But the Emma B. Howe Family YMCA event was not just about shooting basketballs to set a record.
“Emma B. Howe’s event focused on healthy living and showcased all that the Y does in the community to keep people healthy and active as well as its connection to the global Y movement,” said Kristi Cobbs, community program director.
The open house at the YMCA included free blood pressure checks, BMI, glucose screenings, family fitness classes, free swim assessments, kids’ story time as well as healthy eating tips, according to Cobbs.
Sessions featured turbokick, tabata and fitness yoga samplers with a Lana the Iguana storytime for children.
For those taking part in the World Challenge Day event at the Coon Rapids facility, the first 200 participants to shoot a basketball received a YMCA water bottle.
And the basketball shooting challenge was not just confined to adults.
Kids could take part, too, not only in the gymnasium, but in the Kids’ Zone area, where a special basketball hoop had been set up.
There was also a basketball hoop placed in the swimming pool, Cobbs said.
According to Cobbs, YMCAs on five continents in 96 cities aimed to mobilize five million people during the global celebration of shooting hoops in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for the most basketballs shot in one day around the world with the YMCA World Challenge Hoop Springs Eternal.
Invented in the YMCA in 1890, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and it has been used as a tool to empower people and promote a healthy lifestyle, Cobbs said.
The global basketball shoot-out started in New Zealand and ended in Hawaii following the time zone progression, she said.
The Emma B. Howe Family YMCA World Challenge Day event ran three hours and 388 basketball shots were made during that time, Cobbs said.
Indeed, the Emma B. Howe YMCA partnered with a YMCA in Durban, South Africa, for the World Challenge Day, according to Cobbs.
This partnership between the two YMCAs has been ongoing for some years, Cobbs said.
Staff from the Emma B. Howe YMCA have spent time in Durban and vice versa, she said.
“The two YMCAs also share programs,” Cobbs said.
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