Water Gun Battle Aims to Set World Record, Raise Money for Military Veteran Charity

Articles Water Gun Battle 04-21-16

Navy veteran Kolton Krottinger wants the community to support the charity Hope for the Warriors and have a blast while doing it.

Krottinger is organizing a water gun battle from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 25 at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Stadium to raise money for charity and hopefully set a world record for the largest water gun fight. If successful, Krottinger said he hopes to build on this first event and organize similar fundraisers year-round.

“This is the start of something new and something big,” said Krottinger.

Tickets to participate will cost $10 and 35 percent of the proceeds will go to Hope for the Warriors, Krottinger said. This foundation helps restore veterans’ sense of self, family, and gives them hope, according to the charity’s website. They also have many programs to help veterans, service members, and families.

“A lot of people focus on veterans and they don’t understand the heartache the wives and children go through,” said Krottinger. “[Hope for the Warriors] work with the whole family.  I really love that about them.”

Krottinger attended UT Arlington before joining the military.

“I am a Navy veteran myself and when I got out of the military I saw it was hard to transition to civilian life,” said Krottinger, about his reason to select the charity.

Krottinger hopes the event, located at 1307 W. Mitchell Street, draws up to 5,000 people. But even if the crowd size doesn’t set any records, it will still be fun, he said.

The largest  water pistol fight on record involved 3,875 participants and was achieved by the University of California, Irvine at an event organized by NLA Sports on Sept. 24, 2013, according to the Guinness World Records website.

Participants must bring their own water guns but water refill stations will be set up around the stadium, he said. The event is designed for serious players, families and children, he said.

Besides the water gun battles, other planned activities include bounce houses and giveaways.

Proceeds that don’t go to the charity will be used to offset the costs of the event and help pay for future fundraising events, Krottinger said.

“Tickets are selling fast,” Krottinger said.

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