Sister Lakes Elementary School physical education teacher Gail Gersonde specializes in staggering stacks taller than her students. (The Daily News/John Eby)
Sister Lakes Elementary School physical education teacher Gail Gersonde specializes in staggering stacks taller than her students. (The Daily News/John Eby)

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Sister Lakes stacks for speed

Published 9:32am Friday, November 13, 2009

Students at Sister Lakes Elementary School hoped to help set a new “sport stacking” Guinness world record Thursday along with more than 250,000 of their closest friends.

Presented by Wonderful Pistachios, the fourth annual WSSA Stack Up! event joins together 1,500 schools from around the world in a “stack-tacular” stunt for Guinness World Records Day.

On your mark, get set, Stack Up!

From coast to coast, continent to continent, hundreds of thousands of kids and adults came together Nov. 12 in the name of sport stacking.

The fourth annual event took place in nearly 1,500 schools sanctioned by the Guinness Book of World Records.

At last year’s World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) annual Stack Up!, 222,560 stackers representing 1,343 schools/organizations from 13 countries and all 50 U.S. states stacked together to set a new world record.

On Nov. 12, the WSSA and Wonderful Pistachios encouraged a quarter million kids to crack that record.

During the course of the day, each sport stacker will be up stacking and down stacking specially designed cups called Speed Stacks in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes.

Stackers race against the clock, compete in relays and stack in a variety of fitness activities.

Sport stacking is an individual and team sport cracking the surface of mainstream America.

It originated in the early 1980s in Southern California and was originally known as “cup stacking.”

Today, it is a full-fledged sport governed by the WSSA and practiced in more than 30,000 schools and youth organizations around the world, promoting hand-eye coordination, ambidexterity, quickness, concentration and fun.

According to WSSA Director Mark Lingle, the Guinness event is a great platform to bring together sport stackers across the globe.

At Sister Lakes Elementary, 175 students took part in the gym between 9 and 11:15 a.m. and again from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

The WSSA, founded in 2001, serves as the governing body for sport stacking rules and regulations and provides a uniform framework for sport stacking events and sanctions sport stacking competitions and records.

The pinnacle sport stacking event – the World Sport Stacking Championships each spring in Denver, Colo. – is hosted by the WSSA and attracts competitors from across the globe.

www.WorldSportStackingAssociation.org

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