N.J. fans to attempt Guinness record for ‘swishing’, and no basketballs are involved

Cameron Smith

When word trickled out that Old Bridge High (Old Bridge, N.J.) would attempt to set a new world record for "swishing", most assumed that basketballs would be involved. They aren't, and as it turns out, neither are any other sporting goods.

The Old Bridge will wear pink socks, and its fans will try to set a new record to honor Breast Cancer Awareness — NJ.com
The Old Bridge will wear pink socks, and its fans will try to set a new record to honor Breast Cancer Awareness — NJ.com

As reported by USA Today, Old Bridge fans will attempt to set a new Guinness world record for swishing mouthwash, with fans entering the game donating $1.00 for a disposable cup and and a small amount of Listerine mouthwash (don't worry, it's the non-alcoholic version of Listerine's classic product). Those supplies will then be used in unison during a halftime event at Old Bridge's Lombardi Field.

In total, event organizers have planned for 1,200 fans to swish at halftime, which would break the existing mark of 1,061, which was set at an event in Costa Rica.

All proceeds from the sales of the cups and mouthwash will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation as part of Old Bridge's annual "Pink Out" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event has been officially registered with Guinness, so whatever stats are generated will go into the record-keeper organization's books.

Of course, to reach the record Old Bridge needs more than 1,061 fans to show up. That's where the Knights football program comes in, with a heated rivalry game against Monroe High (Monroe, N.J.) on tap. For her part, Old Bridge principal Vinnie Sasso said he was confident the school would break the record.

"Just based on the amount of students that we get to come out to games, as well as everyone else that would be there, you'd have to think we have as good a shot as anybody," Sasso told USA Today. "I think that speaks to just the general love and respect that these kid have for each other here.

"We have our moments -- believe me -- but on paper, a school this big, with so many kids from so many different walks of life, shouldn’t work. But it not only works here, it's pretty special."

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