Breaking the Burpee World Record

$11,367 of $10k goal

Raised by 180 people in 34 months
Cameron Dorn  WATERLOO, SC

The Purpose of Project Grooming Leaders:

To groom the next generation of global leaders by donating funds in efforts to build better schools in Peru and South Carolina. We will be able to benefit Ware Shoals High School, providing their grassroots cross-country team with clothing and equipment. Another school we will be helping is the Seeds of Hope school in Huaraz, Peru. We will provide them academic materials, clothing and personal hygiene products. We will also establish a pen pal program, giving students at both schools the opportunity to learn about each other and to improve their language skills and enrich their cultural knowledge.

More About Project Grooming Leaders:

I, Cameron Dorn, am dedicating my body and soul to training to beat the Guinness Book of World Records in efforts to raise $10,000 to donate to Ware Shoals and Seeds of Hope. The record? Besting 7,684 burpees in 24 hours. My personal goal: to complete 10,000 burpees. That's right, I'm going to complete one burpee for every dollar I will donate to help groom the next generation of leaders. To build a better world we must educate our youth and fuel their competitive fires so they may prosper in their journey into adulthood.

Founding Project Grooming Leaders:

While at Ware Shoals I read a book entitled "The Greatest Generation." This story tells of Americans born in the 1920's who went through the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II. These heroes returned to America and stimulated our economy and education system. Their work ethic was so steadfast that they would break their back to reach a goal. This work ethic has inspired me to go after the burpee world record and risk breaking my back to make a difference in the lives of kids around the world.

I want to inspire people to pursue their goals with the same zest and enthusiasm that the greatest generation of America valiantly displayed. My dream is to help people and be by their side as they take that first step in seeing their dreams come to fruition. Because the biggest help in achieving my dreams was the help and support of my family and friends. Without them, my dreams of pursuing a higher education, traveling the world, and becoming a national champion athlete would seem even more impossible. But because of my support system and my hard work, all those dreams became a reality.

In 2013, after working several years in the professional arena, I was able to take a sabbatical and spend five months traveling the world. I trekked through Spain, Nepal, Morocco, Burma and New Zealand among other places and was enlightened by the cultural experiences. The most meaningful moments of the trip occurred while I volunteered at an orphanage in Thailand. Witnessing the enthusiasm and gratitude the children exhibited instilled within me a need to spread that joy in my hometown and during my travels. My life is now committed to helping others find the best in themselves no matter their situation.

Upon returning home, I was asked to speak at local schools and to organizations about my experiences. Late in 2013, one of the engagements allowed me to speak to my alma mater's first ever cross-country team. While spending time with the team, I realized that these kids exhibited the same optimism and positive nature of the kids I encountered throughout my travels. When I saw that one runner on the Ware Shoal's team was running in Converse All-Stars while managing a fast 5k, I realized that I needed to do more than just provide a motivational speech.

I started to think about how I could help these kids. So I thought big, I thought outside the box and about what had never been accomplished before. And because I wanted to create a movement that would have global impact for many years, I contacted the Guinness Book of World Records about possibly challenging one of their records. My hope is that the children reached by Project Grooming Leaders efforts may also one day find themselves in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Update 19
Posted by Cameron Dorn
30 months ago
One last reminder: Guinness World Record celebration tonight at the Mill House in Greenwood SC tonight starting at 7. This is open to the entire community.

A special presentation will be made at 7:45 PM so please plan to stay and celebrate for at least an hour together. Guinness keg will be provided as well as some finger foods.

The announcement of total dollar amount raised will also be announced as well as how you can follow the Suitcase of Courage as we continue to touch lives in Peru this coming summer.

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Update 18
Posted by Cameron Dorn
30 months ago
We want to celebrate the tremendous success of not only besting our fundraising goal but also bringing the first two Guinness athletic world records to the state of South Carolina with a world record worthy party.

The Mill House located on 237 Maxwell Ave, Greenwood, SC 29646 has been a sponsor since day one and will be donating a keg of Guinness to celebrate the occasion. Finger food will be provided as well as the full menu and we welcome all supporters to drop by to celebrate the occasion.

Please stop by starting at 7 this Wednesday 6/4/14 to celebrate. The garage doors will be up and we look forward to seeing you.

Not to worry it will be a family friendly atmosphere so that we can all celebrate together.
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Update 17
Posted by Cameron Dorn
31 months ago
I am thrilled to have taken part in this awesome challenge. The last three months have been full of relentless training but that all paid off in the form of over $12,000!(to date the site is still open) for 70 kids on two different continents.

Together we broke two world records and even a 72 hour record which I did not even know existed until we hit the mark and was alerted by local media. These are the first athletic world records to be EVER be broken by a citizen of South Carolina and specifically Waterloo!

This has always been about the kids, and I am thankful and indebted to the my entire family, friends, community, and sponsors as you are what made this a success. We had over 25,000 people watching online from five different continents and my facebook had 934 notifications when I logged on Saturday night. I had no idea that this would inspire so many when this journey began but I am grateful for each and every message of encouragement and look forward to reading them all.

We have made tremendous progress in the last 100 days, but the is just the start. Make sure to keep your eye out for what the Suitcase of Courage comes up with next and always remember; Small town does not mean small opportunity!

http://www.wspa.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10173146

http://gwdtoday.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=27&ArticleID=30086

http://www.foxcarolina.com/video?clipId=9973493&autostart=true

http://www.indexjournal.com/Content/News/News/Article/Waterloo-man--dominates-with-10-105-burpees/4/40/25573




Hitting the 10k mark, with a set of 51
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Update 16
Posted by Cameron Dorn
31 months ago
You have impacted over 70 kids lives on two continents. Now, it is time for me to do my part.

This link has everything you need to know about the burpee challenge ( http://greenwoodcalendar.com/big-news-new-world-record-to-be-set-today/)

Drop by the Sweat Box or tune in online to see the human body pushed to the limit for the next 24 hours. I am ready to execute and endure the toughest of moments knowing that WE are going to give them the opportunity to succeed in life!
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Laura Olson
31 months ago

Ok Cameron!!! Let's do this!! Be insane, be courageous, be relentless but most of all be all that we know you can be. Crush it!!

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$11,367 of $10k goal

Raised by 180 people in 34 months
Created February 06, 2014
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Ali Southworth
30 months ago

As promised, your additional donation:-) Xx Any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfilment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause...

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Henry Newbury
30 months ago

Late I know, but well done mate! :D

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jon hollowayy
30 months ago

Courage...Congratulations! Annie, Lori, and jon

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Kitty Lewis
30 months ago

So proud of your accomplishment!

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Anonymous
30 months ago
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kyle kugler
30 months ago

Good on ya Cam! Your drive is inspirational.

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Denise Ross
30 months ago

Great job love yea Cameron

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Catherine Cabri
31 months ago

Congrats!

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Stefan Slattery
31 months ago

Congratulations Cameron! You're an inspiration to everyone, keep on doing what you're doing!

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31 months ago
Laura Olson
31 months ago

Ok Cameron!!! Let's do this!! Be insane, be courageous, be relentless but most of all be all that we know you can be. Crush it!!

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