"Knockout Slavery" This Friday at The Pavilion

Jan. 23, 2013

Register Online and Help "Knockout Slavery"

DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis men's basketball team, in conjunction with several campus ministries, hundreds of students and community members, aim to break a world record and raise money to fight human trafficking through the childhood game of "Knockout" in Friday's 6 p.m. event inside The Pavilion.

Knockout is a rapid-fire free-throwing basketball game, otherwise known as "Bump." The world record for the largest game of knockout is 571 people, one of the goals of Friday's event is to break that record, with more than 600 students and community members participating.

To accomplish this feat, another 200 people are needed; students and supporters are encouraged to register for this event in advance, but are more than welcome to sign-up outside The Pavilion on the day of the event.  

The idea came from the University Covenant Church to help the campus community, and City of Davis take part in making a difference, on such a serious issue, in a fun and engaging way. At the event, there will be bounce houses and movies playing in this high-energy environment. Representatives of local and national charities are planning to attend to support this event and share information about their causes. 

With each person bringing $10, organizers hope to donate more than $6,000 to the International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that investigates human trafficking. IJM conducts raids to free slaves, rehabilitates victims and assists local law enforcement personnel around the world in an attempt to prevent this problem from escalating even further.

There are more than 27 million slaves in the world, mostly women and children according to recent reports.

Kyle Thomsen, youth pastor at University Covenant Church and director of the event, says this occasion "creates an easy way to fight the injustice of human trafficking and be part of something bigger than oneself. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in something that will make a huge difference while breaking a world record!"

To register in advance for this event, visit www.catalystdavis.com/knockoutslavery or the event's Facebook page. Additional information regarding the International Justice Mission is available at www.IJM.org.