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Knockout Slavery

UCC’s college group held an event tonight to free human slaves from sex-trafficking, while trying to break a world record at the same time.

Knockout is a basketball game where people compete each other to dunk the ball in the basket until there is a sole winner at the end. The world record was 571 people and UCC tried to get 600.

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There were a lot of people! I was super impressed at how organized and well-thought-out this event was. There were inflatables for the kids, music, dancing, fun, lots of cheering and energy. It was pretty awesome.

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People of all ages tried for the basket. Our small group went together (Scott is below, holding the ball) and then we went to Crepeville for dessert.

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The people in referee suits were college students too. This girl is from FBC, where Corrie goes to church. She was great! (This photos is also a demonstration of a wider angle setting — you can see more of the people behind her than the other shots.)

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It was my first time taking sports photography shots. It was very difficult. I had a 75-200 mm lens so I could get close-ups, but the problem was that people kept moving out of the frame and going out of focus. I got lots of pictures of people’s limbs getting cut off.

It wasn’t until later that I read you are supposed to do burst mode, where your camera clicks off like three shots at once, and then hopefully you get a good shot. Oops.

Even so, consider I didn’t know what I was doing, I was pretty happy with some of the shots. I guess I just got lucky to get some good ones! If I had just pulled out a little bit and not cut off the girl’s foot, this would have been a pretty good shot — her face is in focus but other areas are a blur to show the motion.

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I also got a good shot of my hubby, who is quite athletic and showed some good form. He eliminated me immediately, which I was thankful for, because then I could go and take pictures the rest of the time!

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In the end, we didn’t break the world record, but we did break the goal of freeing more than six slaves. It was a great community-wide event. Kudos to the Catalyst team for pulling it off!

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