Help Former Patriots Player Matt Light Break the Baggo Tournament World Record
Football games aren’t the only thing he’s good at winning.
Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Light is on a mission to host the biggest baggo tournament the world has ever seen.
On June 14, for the second year in a row, hundreds of people are expected to gather at Gillette Stadium, outside of the arena at the Dana Farber Field House, to compete in a daylong showdown where they toss beanbags into small holes cut out of wooden planks.
The event, called “Cornhole Commotion,” will be Light’s latest attempt at securing a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most-attended one-day tournament to ever take place. Light’s Cornhole Commotion attracted more than 250 players during its inaugural year in 2013, leaving him just shy of the current world title, which has been held by a North Carolina event organizer since fall 2012.
This year is Light’s year, however. Already there’s been a buzz surrounding the baggo elimination challenge, and hundreds of participants are expected to show up for the competition to help Light get Massachusetts in the books, adding to the Super-Bowl-winning left tackle’s impressive resume of championship honors. While organizers are certain they will hit the mark, there’s still room available for participants to sign up. Winners of the double-elimination style competition can win anywhere from $200 to $1,000 during the day.
For last year’s cornhole tournament, Light turned to students from the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School to design and build five sets of tournament boards for the fundraiser at Gillette Stadium. The boards—hand-painted and constructed by the kids, and autographed by the football star—were raffled off at the event. Light announced that the students are back at it again this year, and will be tasked with creating a new series of custom boards that will be sold via a silent auction.
But Light’s endeavors aren’t strictly to impress the Guinness judges. The former player’s Cornhole tournament also raises money for his organization, the Light foundation. Spectators are also encouraged to attend to watch it all go down. The event, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., features activities and events for kids, dunk tanks, a 21-plus drinking area, and an extensive food concourse on site.