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Students from Union, Rock Rest, & New Town Elementary help set new Guinness World Records mark in sport stacking on Thursday, November 13th!
Did you know stacking and un-stacking plastic cups is an energizing, brain-activating and world-record-setting activity? On Thursday, November 13th, thousands of participants took part in what Guinness World Records® terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.” During the course of Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all reaches of the world were up stacking and down stacking various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities. Final numbers are about to be submitted to Guinness. As of Decemeber 4,the total was 592,192 stackers.
Last year, 555,932 stackers participated to break the previous year’s STACK UP! record of 483,658. Stackers contributed their sport stacking skills from across the United States and around the world in countries such as Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Colombia, and Taiwan. In addition, many schools are using this event to benefit local communities by stacking up for a good cause.
According to Bob Fox, WSSA Founder & Executive Director, the Guinness event is a wonderful way to bring together sport stackers across the globe. “Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, speed and lots of fun. This is the ninth year we’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records.
Sport stacking with Speed Stacks is in more than 40,000 schools and youth organizations worldwide. It’s appealing to teachers and students because it’s easy to learn but very challenging to master. The WSSA is the governing body for sport stacking and promotes Stack Meets, Leagues and Tournaments around the world. Speed Stacks is the official equipment supplier to the WSSA.
Sport stacking has been termed a “track meet for your hands at warp speed.” It’s an exciting sport where students up stack and down stack 12 specially designed cups called Speed Stacks in predetermined sequences as fast as they can. Stackers race against the clock, compete in relays and often combine sport stacking with fitness challenges as part of physical education classes (check out thewssa.com or speedstacks.com to print out your Participation Award if you were you a stacker who took part in the WSSA STACK UP! Check out Mr. Eich’s physical education Google Site.
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Written by: Randy Eich, Physical Education Teacher
Posted: Dec 08, 2014 by Jennifer Williams