Right now at Retro’s Arcade in Clarksville TN, David Scherer is playing to win – a world record that is. David – a 19yr old sophomore at Austin Peay University is trying to break the world record for longest play of the game Grand Theft Auto. The record is currently 40 hrs and 21 min held by Chirantan Patnaik of Mumbai, India . David strives to break this record at 4:22 am Tuesday Jan 5th 2010. However, he does not plan on stopping there, David says, “my goal is 80 hours.”
David is no Play Station junkie, on the contrary he is an honor student, volunteer, and currently the assistant head coach of the Swimming Eagles swim team. So why is he choosing to forgo sleep for days and only take 10 minute breaks every 10 hours? “This is not about me; I want everyone to know why I am here. It is all about the kids.” David’s quests for the world record in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Swimming Eagles.
The Swimming Eagles are a local swim team in the Kentucky LSC swim league. Scherer, a swimmer himself of 12 years, became involved with the team after seeing the practice while lifeguarding at APSU. “I volunteered for two weeks and was then asked to be the assistance coach” Scherer said. What started off with just a few kids has grown to about 20- 25 swimmers. “We want to get the word out about our team and our need for practice facilities.” Anyone from age 6- 18 can participate in the team which travels and competes in different meets all over Kentucky. «Read the rest of this article»