Teens, join the new sport of cup stacking with Mr. Jim

Published 5:36 am Thursday, June 16, 2005

By Staff
Teens are invited to the library today, June 16, from 3- 4 p.m. for "Cup Stacking with Mr. Jim."
So you might be asking yourself, "what is 'cup stacking'?"
Cup stacking is an emerging individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed cups in pre-determined sequences at lightning speed. Some call it a "track meet for your hands."
This unique sport promotes hand-eye coordination, ambidexterity, focus, concentration, team skills and sportsmanship. Competitors race against the clock for individual times and in relays in head-to-head competitions. A division for stackers with special needs is also included.
As of January 2005, "The World Cup Stacking Association" officially changed its name to "The World Sport Stacking Association." The 2005 World Sport Stacking Championship tournament was held in Denver earlier this year. Nearly 1,000 stackers from five foreign countries and 21 states participated.
According to John Dunlop, the K-12 Physical Education Department Team Leader and teacher for the Portage Public Schools, and coordinator for the Great Lakes Cup Stacking Championships.
While you are at the library for this event, be sure to pick up a couple good books to read. The following are a few of the newer young-adult books available at the library.
The Last Dog on Earth by Daniel Ehrenhaft
When a mysterious disease that infects dogs sweeps the country, Logan Moore's dog, Jack, is in terrible danger and the two friends go on the lam to keep Jack from being shot on sight.
A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones
The death of an apparent stranger in the Steeple family's old home triggers troubling questions for 16-year-old Declan as he tries to make sense of his fragmented dreams, random memories, and unexplained coincidences, hoping to learn the truth about the mother who suddenly left when he was ten.
Who the Man by Chris Lynch
Thirteen-year-old Earl Pryor is much too big for his age, and much too powerful for the anger that rages within him when classmates tease him, the girl he likes disappoints him, or his parents' problems get too real.