UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am
BRYAN -- The Mercy Project, a Bryan non-profit organization, is trying to break a Guinness world record this weekend by playing the longest game of baseball.
More than 50 players from across the state of Texas will try to play a continuous game for more than 49 straight hours.
The first pitch was thrown earlier tonight and the group will play throughout the weekend and while the Mercy Project is trying to beat the world record, they say the organization's ultimate goal is to raise awareness about child slavery in Africa.
"Because it's going to be an official Guinness world record, no one has ever played baseball as long as we're going to play baseball, then we can get a lot of media attention and it gives us a voice to tell people what we're doing and to get to speak on behalf of the kids of Ghana who's voices have been stolen," said Chris Field, founder of The Mercy Project.
The money raised from this weekend's event will go toward building new farm fishing opportunities. That way the communities can become stronger economically without relying on slavery.
The Mercy Project hopes to raise more than $30,000 from the event.