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Students at East Franklin Elementary participated in Guinness World Records Day last Thursday with an activity known as “sport stacking.” Students gathered in the gym throughout the day stacking cups in pyramids and prescribed patterns for a prescribed amount of time. The students were joined with others from around the world working together to beat last year’s record set during the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.” The record of 316,736 stackers was officially broken Friday afternoon with final results not yet in. Photo providedStudents at East Franklin Elementary have officially found their way into the pages of the Guinness World Records. Last Thursday, 421 students gathered throughout the day in the gym at East Franklin to participate in Guinness World Records Day. The students came prepared to join students from around the world working together to beat last year’s record set during the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.”

During the course of the Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all corners of the world began stacking cups in various pyramids and prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities.

Students set out to beat last year’s record of 316,736 stackers, and with verification numbers still coming in from around the world, the record was officially broken Friday afternoon. While waiting for the final results, students were hoping to reach their goal of 350,000 stackers participating worldwide in countries such as Germany, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, Columbia, Taiwan and Israel.

According to Bob Fox, WSSA Founder & CEO, “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, fitness, teamwork, speed and lots of fun. This is the sixth year we’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records, and we’re excited to have another shot at breaking a world record.”

Sport stacking with Speed Stacks is in more than 34,000 schools and youth organizations worldwide. It’s appealing to teachers and students because it’s easy to learn but very challenging to master. Benefits include improved reaction time, hand-eye coordination, concentration and focus. 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 is 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 www.thewssa.com or www.speedstacks. com)


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