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Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Day of Kicking and Kicking and Kicking...

A year ago at this time, kicker Craig Pinto entered the Guinness Book of World Records after hitting 717-of-981 field goals during a 12 hour span.

This weekend, Craig will be kicking again.
This October 9th Pinto will attempt the record at Theodore Roosevelt Park’s brand new football field, in Oyster Bay, NY. This one will be the “Most Field Goals made in 24 Hours” and the mark is set high, with Pinto needing to make a minimum of 1,000 field goals to set a new world record. This year’s event will be to benefit and expand the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation’s Scholarship program, which will begin in the Spring of 2012, and will award scholarship’s to students heading to college that live with Celiac Disease. In wanting to help as many people as possible, the Foundation is hoping to ensure this event is bigger than last years, to have the opportunity to award scholarships to well deserving students.
Leading up to the event, we checked in with Craig and asked him the following three questions:

Are you doing anything differently this year in terms of training and preparation as compared to last year?
"This year I have been doing more working out/stretching and less kicking. Last year I was coming off of my AIFA season, so I was in better shape."
Any planned adjustments for the actual day of the event this year, based on things you may have learned last year?
"This year I will be taking less breaks than last year, and pacing myself differently. Since I need to make 1,000 kicks for this record, we plan on kicking in 100 FG blocks instead of just going 'til I fall, to mentally shorten the day."
Regarding spreading awareness of celiac disease over the past year, is there any particular story, pleasant-surprise (or something along those lines) that you'd like to share?
"After the event last year it was really cool to get emails from parents of student-athletes and even from athletes themselves that they go through similar issues as I do, and they were excited to see something like this happen. It was nice to see it help people out in a positive way, which was one of the goals. Hopefully this year we can reach out to even more people."
As mentioned above, the primary focus of both events has been to raise awareness. What exactly is celiac disease? The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University defines it as follows:
Celiac disease is a an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine, which can lead to malabsorption of nutrients. A genetic intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, triggers this destructive reaction of the immune system. Common resulting complications of celiac disease in adults include reduced bone density (osteopenia and osteoporosis), anemia, increased risk of other autoimmune disorders and malignancies, infertility and neurological problems.

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