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Soccer players attempt to break record

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A team of local soccer players is hoping to kick out the old world record for the longest game.  Their challenge to raise awareness about a form of cancer is What's Right with Tampa Bay.

James Bard and his friends are practicing hard.

"We're actually going to attempt to break the world record for the longest soccer game," he said.

The blood, sweat and tears is to benefit the Mesothelioma Foundation - a cause near and dear to James's heart.

"My dad had been exposed to the asbestos when he was in the navy during Vietnam.  Back then the ships were lined in it, it was everywhere."

Following his father's death,  the team decided this was just the inspiration they need to beat the grueling record.

"We recently found that two teams in Canada did 66 hours so we have to beat them.  We're gonna go for 70."

That's three days of kicking the ball around in shifts.  They attempted the record when they were in high school.

Michael Polacek who was part of the team back then is back to try it again.

"We play with a lot of guys went to Brandon High School, Bloomington High School," he said.

Those team members are back to give it a second go in hopes that the longest soccer game in history will raise long lasting awareness about a deadly disease.

"If what we do, the money raise, helps one person not go through what my dad went through, then we've done our job."

The team will be attempting the world record in November.  For more information about supporting the team, click on this link -


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