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Guinness World Record Attempt in Phoenix 2

Breaking A World Record in Arizona

It was cold at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 when we arrived at Avondale Middle School in Avondale, Ariz. Cold, as in ~40 degrees, which is FREEZING by Arizona standards, but not quite so cold for this Minnesotan.

But cold was just a small distraction. The environment on the field at Avondale Middle School was electric, for on this day volunteers from UnitedHealthcare were teaming up with Fiesta Bowl Charities and Playworks to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest High-Five Chain.

After we got a lay of the land and once we had finished setting up, the school busses started arriving. Dozens of school busses arrived at Avondale Middle School, dropping off 3rd – 8th grade students from schools across Avondale Elementary School District. It was a long, but orderly process. For our World Record attempt to be successful, every child was counted, and given a wristband, so we could keep track of how many students participated.

Right around 10 a.m. we started high-fivein’ and about an hour and a half later 3,473 students had broken the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest High-Five Chain. The previous record was set on Dec. 4, 2015, by 2,711 participants at Sacred Hearts High School in Taiwan.

In addition to partnering on the World Record attempt, Fiesta Bowl Charities and UnitedHealthcare gave Playworks of Arizona a $100,000 grant which helped the nonprofit expand their work to 50 schools, serving close to 35,000 students in 2016. Fiesta Bowl Charities will also donate the 2016 Cactus Bowl playing field to Pueblo Del Sol Middle School in Phoenix. Included in the donation is the installation of the field, a scoreboard and more.

Courtney Johnson is a social responsibility program manager at UnitedHealthcare.

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About Fiesta Bowl Charities
The Fiesta Bowl’s vision is to be a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports, education and human services. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season. For more information about its local impact and how to get involved, visit

About Playworks
Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play before, during, and after school to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1200 schools in 23 cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services. Through inclusive, safe, and healthy play, Playworks is helping to improve students’ behavior and their attitude towards school; increasing students’ level of daily physical activity; fostering more empathetic kids; and ultimately developing more engaged and productive citizens. We change kids’ experience of school through fun active play every school day. For more information, visit

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