APU Breaks World Record for Largest Freeze Tag Game

by Abigail E. Peck

To kickoff the new year and welcome students to campus, Azusa Pacific University’s Office of Orientation and Transitions (OAT), hosted a campus wide game of freeze tag in Cougar Athletic Stadium on August 30, 2016. New students, including freshmen and transfers, participated alongside their Alpha Leaders, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest single game of freeze tag.

In accordance with Guinness regulations, the university registered each student participant and provided stewards, unaffiliated with APU, to monitor the game. APU broke the existing freeze tag record of 448 with more than 500 participants.

Nathan Hagler ’18, a marketing major and Alpha Coordinator, played a major role by single handedly tagging each participant over a 45-minute period, with the exception of new student Hannah Estrella ’20, a nursing major, who earned the title of freeze tag champion.

“I appreciate that the OAT Office came up with this fun idea to welcome new students,” said Hagler. “As an Alpha Coordinator, I’m excited for these students to join into the APU community we all love.”

The game proved popular among participants, fostering a spirit of teamwork and affiliation.

“Freeze tag brought us freshman together to work toward a common goal and to feel a part of our new school,” said Zach Eubanks ’20, a cinematic arts major.

David McIntyre ’18, a business management major and Alpha Coordinator, said, “While this freeze tag event was fun and games, it also created unity among faculty, student leaders, and new students alike.”

Watch the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s video of the event.

Abigail E. Peck '18 is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. She is a public relations major and leadership minor.