Posted April 21, 2015

Temple sophomore breaks world records for charity

Video Production: Gina Benigno

Ben Baker, Class of 2017, says he "breaks world records for charity."

The Temple University sophomore, along with a group of approximately 100 students known as the Night Razors, will attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for speed and distance covered on a 100-foot Slip 'N Slide in Denver on May 2. "The current record is 26 mph, but we want to do 44 mph," says Baker. "Our goal is to blow it out of the water."

For the second year in a row, Baker and his team have partnered with the Living Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization which saves and enhances lives through organ donation, family support and education to the public. Last year, the group won the world record for most distance traveled on a Razor Scooter over a 24-hour time span.

For Baker, his connection to the Living Legacy Foundation is a personal one: He received a liver transplant two years ago from a family who lost their son. "I saw what the organization did for that family, and I saw what they did for us. It's definitely something we can easily give back to."

Watch the video and read the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management's recent story about Baker and his crusade.

- Erica Brooke Fajge