Seven thousand and seven — actually, 7,008 — that’s the number of three-point basketball shots Dan Loriaux, 23, of West Linn, will attempt to make in a 24-hour period, as a fund-raiser for the non-profit Mentor Athletics MENTOR ATHLETICS. If he does, he breaks the World Record set in 2007.
Loriaux, who already holds the Guinness World Record for making the most basketball three-pointers in one minute (25) GUINNESS WORLD RECORD LINK , will start the fundraising three -point effort at 2 p.m. today (Saturday June 30) at Tigard’s Club Sport Oregon, where he works out.
Just last week, he attempted and documented breaking two other Guinness World records for shooting the most three-pointers in one hour (988), shattering the old record of 835, and setting the World Record for the most three-pointers made in two minutes, (46) breaking the old record of 43. But, it takes four to six weeks to verify this fact with Guinness. KOIN TV did a story on this. VIDEO OF DAN LORIAUX – shooting 3 pointers- KOIN TV –
Mentor Athletics, a non-profit organization, was established in 2002 by Darren Gulbrandson, the executive director, as a way to make a difference in the lives of low-income youth via sports. Volunteer coaches serve alongside Gulbrandson, coaching them in sporting activities.
Loriaux, a 2007 Wilsonville High School graduate and basketball player, met Gulbrandson when Loriaux, then 10, began playing on the soccer team that Gulbrandson coached.
They kept in touch, and when Gulbrandson started Mentor Athletics in 2002, he asked Loriaux to help.
“I believe that nobody has a greater influence on youth than coaches,” said Loriaux. “Darren was the best coach, as he focused on other things like humility and character and work ethic, regardless of whether you win or lose.”
After Loriaux went to college at University of California Santa Barbara and then University of Virginia, from which he graduated in 2011, he continued helping with Mentor Athletics during his breaks. And, the past year, as Loriaux has lived in his West Linn home, he has given more fully of his time to Mentor Athletics.
With this fall taking Loriaux to Duke University School of Medicine, Loriaux felt he wanted to give back to his mentor Gulbrandson.
That something was to raise money doing something Loriaux is good at: making 3-pointers.
Starting at 2 pm Saturday and going through 2 pm Sunday (July 1), Loriaux will attempt to break the current Guinness World record for the most basketball three-pointers in 24 hours, 7007, set in 2007.
“Since I am leaving for med school, I wanted to do something for Mentor Athletics, I just felt the urgency,” said Loriaux. “The influence Darren had went way beyond soccer, and I see him offering that same inspiration to these other kids.”
Loriaux solicited funds from businesses and individuals for the effort, including a $2000 gift from Suburban Doors Company.
“I am not surprised at what he is doing, trying to break these records,” said Gulbrandson, who is grateful for the effort. “Ever since he was 10 years old he has been driven. He comes from a great family.”
Loriaux’s brothers will be on hand to help rebound for him.
And, the future medical student wanted to be sure to thank Club Sport for its support, as the sporting facility is remaining open through the night so that Loriaux can attempt this world record. “Club Sport and specifically the facility director, Jason Schlager, have been really supportive of my event,” said Loriaux.
(A version of this story was published in The Oregonian SW Weekly June 30, 2012 print edition and can also be found on The Oregonian’s website Oregonian story link online)
(Link to current Guinness World Record for 7007 three-pointers made in 24 hours Current GUINNESS WORLD RECORD LIST FOR 3 POINT SHOTS-In 24 hours
(My past Oregonian feature story on Mentor Athletics is found here- MENTOR ATHLETICS OREGONIAN FEATURE STORY By Cornelia Seigneur
UPDATE 9:30 am Sunday July 1 –I just spoke with the David Dahle with Know Local Media, a media partner with with Tigard/Tualatin Chamber who is videotaping Dan Loriaux’s Guinness World Record attempt. Dahle has confirmed that Dan Loriaux beat the Guinness World Record this morning at 6:05 am and currently he has nailed 9,000 three-pointers- Dan has till 3 pm today to shatter the old record of 7,007 three-pointers shot in 24 hours !