Largest simultaneous four square game-world
record set by Cartoon Network
ATLANTA, GA, USA -- Cartoon Network celebrated
Recess Week by inviting thousands of other children
across the country to play the four square game and to set
world record for the longest and
largest simultaneous four square game.
Photo: Television fitness expert Jillian
Michaels, second from left, plays with PS 199 fifth graders
as they set a World Record for the largest simultaneous Four
Square game as part of Cartoon Network's National Recess Week
in New York.
Photo by David Goldman/AP Images/ Cartoon Network (enlarge
Thousands of kids across the country played
four square on the same day, at the same time, (10 a.m.).
As part of the celebration Cartoon Network will also give
10 participating schools across the nation a $10,000 grant.
The huge game of four square is meant to help
spread the word about the benefits of recess and exercise.
The school says recess helps children get active, stay healthy
and build social relationships.
The four square event is part of the national
recess week, meant to inspire kids to get healthy and stay
The simple rules call for a single square
divided into four. A kid in each square hits a ball to an
opponent, who must let it bounce once before hitting it to
one of the other players.
“This annual event has become a favorite for all
of us at Cartoon Network as it offers the opportunity to benefit
elementary schools across the country along with the chance
to personally volunteer and serve kids in our own neighborhoods,”
said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer
for Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids
“Studies have shown that daily recess provides
not only vital physical exercise but a much-needed break for
all kids to refresh and re-energize for their in-classroom
Snyder continued, “We’re grateful that principals
and gym teachers all over the country have embraced NATIONAL
RECESS WEEK and recognize recess’ rightful place within each
Also as part of this year’s celebration, Cartoon
Network has produced more than 100,000 red rubber balls, a
timeless, iconic symbol of recess play at elementary school
playgrounds across the country.
Emblazoned with the network’s pro-social message
GET ANIMATED, the 8-inch balls are being distributed to nearly
40,000 school principals and gym teachers, 20,000 Boys & Girls
Clubs of America, all NATIONAL RECESS WEEK participating schools
as well as kids and families who attend the Cartoon Network
GET ANIMATED Tour, which will visit 40 U.S. markets this summer
in partnership with the network’s participating cable and
Mayors in 30 major cities across the country—nearly
twice the number involved last year—have officially proclaimed
March 2-6 as their city’s NATIONAL RECESS WEEK.
NATIONAL RECESS WEEK was first celebrated
in Sept. 2006 as part of Cartoon Network’s GET ANIMATED healthy
lifestyles program to encourage and revitalize recess in schools
across the country. Since that time, the campaign has received
14 nationally-recognized awards for community service, program
creativity and effective communication strategies.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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