On Oct. 1, Ferris students will see nearly 2,000 flying discs soaring at the same time above Top Taggart field in an attempt to set a new world record.
In collaboration between the Plastic Engineering Technology program and cancer and wellness program Paint Big Rapids Pink, the university will attempt to break the world record for the most flying discs aloft at one time.
Brian Pacholka, national elastomer center lab manager, said nearly 2,500 flying discs have been completed for the world-record attempt. Pacholka said he was inspired to pursue the record after noticing the large amount of flying discs he produces for the university each year.
“Each year, I produce about 5,000 discs for university giveaways and student orientations,” Pacholka said. “I contacted the World Flying Disc Federation and asked if they had a record for the most flying discs in the air at one time.”
The current world record is 1,903 flying discs held by South Carolina’s Hilton Head Inn.
Pacholka contacted the Professional Disc Golf Association in order to get the flying disc certified for the world record attempt. Gaining support from Ferris State Associate Athletic Director Jon Coles, the team was able to certify the discs.
Paint Big Rapids Pink Committee Member Lynn Scheible said last year’s events raised $25,000 for the Susan P. Wheatlake Foundation.
“We’re hoping for 3,000 people to get involved,” said Scheible. “I think we can make it happen.”
Scheible said donations would likely be asked of community members expecting to participate in the event, which will support Paint Big Rapids Pink. Still, Scheible welcomes all who want to participate in the event.
“This is going to be a great community event,” said Scheible. “Hopefully, everyone will get involved.”
The attempt to set the new world record for the most flying discs aloft at one time will take place at Ferris’ Hall of Fame game.