The origin of the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation started when the “Kicking4Celiac” event took place last October 10, 2010. The event took place together with Guinness World Records, and saw Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation Executive Director Craig Pinto kick 717 field goals in a 12 hour span to set a Guinness World Record, but more importantly, to raise money, spirits, and awareness for Celiac Disease.

This October 9th Pinto will attempt the record at Theodore Roosevelt Park’s brand new football field, in Oyster Bay, NY. This one will be the “Most Field Goals made in 24 Hours” and the mark is set high, with Pinto needing to make a minimum of 1,000 field goals to set a new world record.

This year’s event will be to benefit and expand the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation’s Scholarship program, which will begin in the Spring of 2012, and will award scholarship’s to students heading to college that live with Celiac Disease. In wanting to help as many people as possible, the Foundation is hoping to ensure this event is bigger than last years, to have the opportunity to award scholarships to well deserving students.

Why the physical and mental strain leading up to the event and pain that will be sure to follow? “Last year as we set the event up and then eventually set the world record, a lot of the progression mirrored what I went through with Celiac Disease. The initial mental stress, the physical stress, but the hard work to make it through, and come out on top. It is something I want to continue to do, to break people’s thoughts and stigma’s that when you’re diagnosed with Celiac Disease that your physical abilities will change. That does not have to be the case, ever”, Pinto said. He added, “The support from people reaching out was absolutely amazing, and it just showed how strong the Celiac community stands behind and supports each other. We’re in this together.”

Anyone interested in donating to the event and being part of another world record setting day for Celiac Disease, can do so through our website. Any sponsorship or other inquiries can be directed to

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  1. That’s awesome you kicked over 1,000 field goals.. Really exciting i don’t know anyone else who can do that! Nice job keep It up – Sara from Bangz

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