With intense concentration and incredible hand-eye coordination, students at Heritage Elementary joined students around the globe in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest sport stacking event.
What is sport stacking, you might ask? Dubbed “a track meet for your hands at warp speed,” sport stacking is an international sport where students “up stack” and “down stack” 12 specially designed cups 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. That’s the case at Heritage, where P.E. teacher Cecilia Sanford incorporates sport stacking with other athletic activities because of the many benefits it provides.
“They use both sides of their brain, improve hand-eye coordination, develop confidence,” Sanford said. “It really helps engage their brain in sequencing. You have to go in a certain order and follow patterns, so it helps with all the lessons you learn in school.”
On Nov. 8, 100 of Sanford’s students joined an estimated 635,000 stackers in countries including Columbia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan in the Guinness World Record attempt for the most people sport stacking at multiple locations in one day. Participants were required to complete 30 minutes of stacking.
The Heritage students worked alone and in groups, hitting a timer as they began each new stacking attempt, racing to build and collapse pyramids of cups as quickly as possible. In addition to reaction time and hand-eye coordination, the sport also teaches perseverance, as a single misplaced cup can cause the pyramid to crumble before it’s complete, forcing the students to start over and try again.
The students won’t know for a while if they are part of a new world record, but they say it doesn’t really matter. They had a good time in the attempt and look forward to future opportunities to show how they “stack up.”