The Philadelphia Spinner’s biggest fan, Dizzy participated in an attempt at a Guinness World Record, for a good cause.
This past weekend, Dizzy, that lovable blue guy at every home Spinners game joined mascots from around the country to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Largest Mascot Dance”.
The attempt was sponsored by Mascots for a Cure, a non-profit organization with the goal to raise money and awareness to eliminate and prevent childhood cancers and other childhood diseases, while bringing joy to children of all ages, one fuzzy paw at a time.
Derek Zinser, the founder of Mascots for a Cure, started the organization out of “the love of mascots and the hate for cancer” after losing his father to the disease in 2009. The organization has been operating for 2 years, hosting fundraising events nationwide and bringing “smiles and joy to children and their families who are battling cancer.”
Based out of Oregon, Zinser and his team choose Philadelphia as the site of the their 2016 event for several reasons. Having focused 2015 efforts on the West Coast, Zinser felt coming east could help grow Mascots for a Cure’s reach and bring further awareness to the organizations’ efforts. Philadelphia was specifically chosen for its reputation as a great mascot town! Dizzy was joined at the event by mascots from most of the Philadelphia “Big 5” college teams, as well as Swoop from the Philadelphia Eagles, Franklin from the Philadelphia 76ers, and the godfather of mascots himself, the Phillie Phanatic.
With the current record for “Largest Mascot Dance” standing at 134 mascots, the attempt this weekend has a chance to beat that mark. A total of 138 mascots were present at the Palestra, and the footage from the event is on its way to the folks at Guinness where it will be analysed for authenticity and accuracy in a detailed and lengthy process.
“The Guinness World Record attempt for our Philadelphia event took so much work and energy.” said Zinser, “These records just are not very easy to break. It isn’t like stuffing tennis balls in our mouth or growing out our finger nails, this is a tough Guinness World Record. We hope to continue to break a Guinness World Record each and every year. We haven’t decided yet where or when our 2017 event will be. Stay tuned!”
Dizzy and the Spinners organizations were thrilled to participate in an event for such a wonderful cause, and would like to encourage our fans to support Zinser and Mascots for a Cure as they continue to build their organization and bring support and joy to those who need it most.
Learn more about Mascots for a Cure and how you can donate here.