Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  You may not be able to “Bend It Like Beckham”, but you could still help set a new world record Saturday night at Hermann Stadium on the campus of St. Louis University.

That’s where more than 400 people gathered just last year to establish a record for “most soccer balls dribbled simultaneously”, and it took no less than the United Nations to organize an effort in the Gaza Strip, of all places, to smash that record with 2,068 dribblers.

Now it’s time to restore some national pride for a good cause, according to SLU men’s soccer coach Mike McGinty.

“I’m excited if it turns into an annual event so be it because it’s a great cause, a great organization here in town trying to promote literacy,” McGinty tells KMOX News.

Tomorrow night’s event benefits America SCORES youth and engages the local and national community to inspire youth to lead healthy lives.

“We’re inviting everybody that we talk to to come out to the game, get there a little early, and be part of an historic event with the Guinness World Book of Records,” says McGinty.

So be there by 4 pm at SLU’s Hermann Stadium (221 N. Grand) to register, with the world record effort kicking off at 5 pm.

Soccer fans in nine other U.S. cities will be doing the same thing at the same time with the goal of establishing a new world record with at least 3,000 soccer ball dribblers.

There are rewards for taking part…those who register will receive:

*  Official event T-shirt

*  Official event soccer ball

*  Free musical entertainment

*  Free skills demonstration and 4×4 youth soccer

*  Ticket to the SLU Homecoming men’s soccer game that evening

The SLU men’s soccer team takes on Central Arkansas at 7:30.

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