Homer the Dragon to Attempt World Record

May 18, 2011 11:32 AM

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Homer's Hugs for Hope to Benefit Local Charities & Disaster Relief Initiative

FORT MILL, S.C.  - Charlotte Knights mascot Homer the Dragon will be attempting to set the World Record for “Most Hugs Given in a 24-hour Span” from Thursday, May 19th at 9:00 PM to Friday, May 20th at 8:59 PM.  The current world record is 8,709.

This project, called “Homer Hugs for Hope”, will begin at Knights Stadium during the Knights 7:15 PM game with the Toledo Mud Hens.  Over the next 24 hours Homer will work his way through various places in Charlotte including the Epicenter, LYNX light rail, Bank of America plaza and local elementary schools all in search of a hug.  He will ultimately finish “Homer Hugs for Hope” at the Knights Friday night game.

The goal of “Homer Hugs for Hope” is to reach out into the community and spread a little joy to everyone with the help of Charlotte’s most beloved mascot, Homer the Dragon. We are suggesting a $1 donation per hug with all donation proceeds going back into the community. The Knights are hoping to raise $8,000 to be distributed to the following charities: local schools, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, and the Disaster Relief Initiative.

The Knights are also encouraging fans to come out to the Knights home game on Friday, May 20th at 7:15 PM to continue to hug Homer for hope. A portion of ticket sales on Friday will also go to the charities in the name of “Homer Hugs for Hope.”

Below is the tentative schedule of where Homer the Dragon will be in Charlotte:

Thursday, May 19th
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Knights Stadium
10:30 PM - 1:00 AM - Epicenter

Friday, May 20th
6:30 AM - 8:45 AM - Local Elementary Schools
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM - LYNX Light Rail
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Visit Charlotte Offices
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - Bank of America Plaza
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM - Horizon Eye Care
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Local Elementary Schools
5:30 PM - 8:59 PM - Knights Stadium

The Charlotte Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. For ticket or event information, please contact the Knights front office at (704) 357-8071 or (803) 548-8050 or visit our website at for more information.




This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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