UT To Attempt World Record Live On The Today Show On March 29

Monday, March 20, 2017

The nation's eyes will focus on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Wednesday, March 29, as the campus attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the world's largest human letter by forming an enormous Power T in Neyland Stadium.

The feat will be broadcast live from 7 to 9 a.m. on NBC's Today show, with weatherman Al Roker doing his weather reports from the stadium. The event is part of Rokerthon, Roker's annual trek across the country to break world records.

UT is attempting to bring out 4,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni to break the record. Guinness representatives will be on site to certify the record.

UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport said the event is a unique way for students, faculty, staff and alumni to share their Volunteer spirit.

"Standing together in Neyland Stadium with 4,000 members of our Volunteer family will be a shared memory that will last a lifetime," Ms. Davenport said. 

Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, currently holds the record. The university earned the record in September 2016 with 3,373 participants. 

Mr. Roker is visiting five universities during the week, with UT being his third stop. The Daily Beacon, UT's editorially independent student newspaper, created the entry video that helped bring Rokerthon to UT.

Guinness rules require that the T be formed only by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Therefore, entry to the stadium will be restricted to those participants. 

To register, visit http://tiny.utk.edu/WorldRecord. 



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