Webster Central School District

Schools Take on Speed Cup Stacking Record

On Thursday, November 12, thousands of people took part in what Guinness World Records terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event”, and among those participants were students at State Road and Klem Road North elementary schools.

During the course of Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all reaches of the world up stacked and down stacked cups in various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities. Sights were set on 610,000 stackers participating as sport stacking continues to gain popularity around the world.

Last year, 592,292 stackers participated to break the previous year’s Stack Up! record of 555,932. Once again, tens of thousands of 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.

At State Road and Klem North, students took on various cup stacking challenges during their physical education classes. They stacked tiny cups and giant cups. They worked in relays and with partners. They raced against a challenger and against the clock for personal best times.

According to Bob Fox, World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) founder, 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 10th year we’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records, and we’re excited to have another shot at breaking a world record.”

To take part in the record-setting Stack Up!, schools and organizations around the world had to register with the WSSA. Once a group completed the 30 minutes of stacking for each participate (anytime during November 12) the organizer and a witness were required to send in an online verification of numbers to the WSSA, who then passed on a total count to Guinness for official recognition. It will be a few weeks before the groups learn if they broke the world record or not. Regardless, students at State and Klem North had tons of fun with a new sport they have fallen in love with!

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