By Ryan Dean
St. Louis (KSDK) -- A 110 hour, world record basketball game attempt is currently taking place at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis. It's an event to raise money for victims of last May's tornado in Joplin, MO.
Twenty-four men, mostly from St. Louis, are playing in the marathon game. They will take turns playing in a five-on-five game that is to be played for 110 consecutive hours. If the men complete all the hours, it will be a Guinness Book World Record.
Steve Pona and Chuck Williams are behind the marathon game. This is their third fundraising event for various causes. In 2009, the men organized a marathon baseball game that lasted more than 48 hours, breaking a world record. The baseball game raised $140,000 for Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
The world record basketball game attempt started at 5 a.m. Wednesday and will end Sunday evening. The men participating can't leave the facility while the game is being played. When they are not on the court, they will eat and sleep at the Missouri Athletic Club. Each player is expected to log 12 hours of basketball a day.
Pona and Williams hope to raise $250,000 through public and corporate donations. They say all proceeds go to the Joplin Chamber of Commerce and from there will be distributed to tornado victims who had no or limited insurance to cover damage sustained in the storm.
For more information on the event and how to donate visit the World Record Basketball Game website at http://worldrecordbasketballgame.com/
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