Record breaking attempt
Youth sports and fitness specialist Alicia Black (right) instructs Peyton Lafon, 8, on what to say and where to kick the soccer ball for a video soccer pass world record-breaking attempt at Fort Hood, Texas, April 6. (Photo Credit: Blair Dupre, Fort Hood Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HOOD, Texas - Youngsters here combined their efforts with youth from other Army installation Child and Youth Service centers, April 6, in an attempt to break the record for the most people in an online video chain passing a soccer ball.

The CYS centers throughout the Army installations wanted to come together to break the record to celebrate the Month of the Military Child which lasts the entire month of April.

The most people in an online video chain passing a football is 476 participants and was achieved by UCHealth and Colorado Youth Soccer Club (both USA) on November 1, 2020.

“So, hopefully CYS was able to combine all footages and break the record,” Alex Ortiz, assistant sports director, for CYS here at Fort Hood said.

When planning, it was important to Ortiz and his team that they visit as many childcare centers, on post, as possible.

“The planning took a few days as we wanted to visit every CYS site on Fort Hood. We coordinated with Directors from Child Youth Centers, School Age Centers and Youth Centers to get as many kids involved to break the record. We only had less than an hour to accomplish this,” Ortiz said.

Obviously, planning a project of this size and scope in a short span of time comes with its challenges.

“The most challenging part was the logistics,” he admitted. “Fort Hood is such a big installation and we had to complete the task in such limited time.”

And the challenges didn’t only pop up in the production process.

“The hardest part is to consolidate the video footage into one big video file to send out to G9 IMCOM as part of CYS celebrating Month of the Military Child,” he said.

More than 200 kids participated in the record attempt and Ortiz was happy to see their enthusiasm.

“The kids enjoyed being part of a record-breaking challenge," he said. "They love having the opportunity to make history, and hopefully we accomplished it. But of course, kicking a ball is always a winner, too."