In February of 2010, Drew Gatesman and Michael Seward met with Hasbro executives to get their permission to use their Twister game to raise money for a Boundless Playground in Belchertown, MA. Given the nature of the cause, not only did they grant us permission to use their game for a fundraiser, they also donated 1020 Twister Mats. In early June, we picked up the mats.
Waiting until the last possible moment, Gatesman and Seward began taping the mats in Gatesman's driveway. Each mat was individually wrapped. After unwrapping the mats, the initial method was laying them out in sets of ten and taping them together lengthwise in 4 segments of ten and a segment of 5. After a segment of 10 was taped together, we used PVC pipe to roll them up. We then taped the end of the rolled up segment of 10 to another taped segment of ten until we had 45 mats on a roll. After two nights of utilizing this methodology, we only had 270 mats prepared to go...It was Tuesday night and we still had 738 mats to be unwrapped, taped, and rolled by Friday!!
Since the weather forecast called for rain on Wednesday and Thursday, we reserved the Belchertown High School Gynasium for a dry space to work. Knowing we would need help, we contacted Jessica Martin's mom Vicky who put together a team. That evening we were able to get 585 mats unwrapped, taped, and rolled up.
On the final night of preparations, the last of the Twister mats were unwrapped, taped, and rolled. We also started taping the rolls of 45 together to make roll 45 mats long and 4 mats wide. This would allow for a shorter set up time the following morning.
After leaving the gym at 10:30 pm. Thursday night, we were at the BHS Football Field by 5:00 A.M. to begin assembling the world's largest Twister Mat. Area contractors donated their time to tape the lengths together before their work day began. Because we anticipated that taping the mats would prove problematic on a soft surface such as grass, Michael Seward devised a method of dragging a board under the mats to make taping the long lenghts of mats easiers. One man dragged the board while another taped.
Hardware stores throughout the region sold out of white duct tape.