Arizona Students Set GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ for Longest High-Five Chain

Nov 30, 2016

Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare, Playworks and Fiesta Bowl Charities helped with record-setting event.

Today, the Fiesta Bowl Charities, Playworks, employee-volunteers from UnitedHealthcare, and third through eighth-grade students from the Avondale Elementary School District set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the longest high-five chain. The event took place on the Fiesta Bowl field at Avondale Middle School in Avondale.

The previous record was set on Dec. 4, 2015, by 2,711 participants at Sacred Hearts High School in Taiwan. Today 3,473 children from Avondale broke that record and now hold the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the longest high-five chain.

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“It took a team to break this record, so we are thankful to the schools, Playworks of Arizona, Avondale Elementary School District and UnitedHealthcare for coming together to make it happen,” said Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director.

In addition to partnering on the record attempt, Fiesta Bowl Charities and UnitedHealthcare together awarded Playworks of Arizona a $100,000 grant that helped them expand their work to 50 schools, serving close to 35,000 students this year. Fiesta Bowl Charities will also donate the 2016 Cactus Bowl playing field to a school in the Valley. Included in the donation, made possible by UnitedHealthcare, is the installation of the field, a scoreboard and more.

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“What better way to inspire young kids and remind them that anything is possible than to shatter a world record,” said Joe Gaudio, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona. “UnitedHealthcare and the Fiesta Bowl feel that they best way to break a record is in the spirit of Playworks, which uses the high-five as a teambuilding exercise for kids during recess and in the classroom. “

“We are thrilled to work with UnitedHealthcare to break another GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title and make an impact on the lives of thousands of children in Arizona,” said Chuck Warshaver, executive director, Playworks, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve children’s health and well-being by creating a safe and productive environment in schools through physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

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This project is part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” program, an employee-volunteer initiative dedicated to decreasing hunger and obesity, inspiring service and encouraging volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.

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 FiestaBowl.org.

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 www.playworks.org

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Meagan Jackman, Fiesta Bowl Media Liaison
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