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Davis basketball game fights human trafficking

By From page A3 | January 22, 2013

A high-energy community-based sporting event planned for 6 p.m. Friday at The Pavilion at UC Davis aims to break a world record and raise money to fight slavery.

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, and the goal is to break that record, with more than 600 students and community members participating in Davis.


The game is sponsored by the Catalyst college group from University Covenant Church, and representatives of local and national charities also will be present to share information about their causes. Members of the UCD men’s basketball team will attend to support the event.

With each person bringing $10, organizers hope to donate more than $6,000 to the International Justice Mission, which investigates human trafficking. IJM conducts raids to free slaves, rehabilitates victims and corrects local justice systems to prevent recurrence of the problem.

There are more than 27 million slaves in the world, mostly women and children, a news release said.

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

For more information and registration, see www.catalystdavis.com/knockoutslavery and the Facebook event page. Information on International Justice Mission is found at www.IJM.org.

Enterprise staff

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