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Local students stack cups to be part of Guinness World Records


Sidney’s Cool Kids Club/No Limits will participate in the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event” on Nov. 12 to set a new world record.

On Guinness World Day, sport stackers from all around the world will be up stacking and down stacking various pyramids in specific patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes. This will be a record for “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.”

Sport stacking originated in the early 1980s in Southern California and received national attention in 1990. According to Bob Fox, World Sport Stacking Association Founder, the Guinness event is a great way to bring together sport stackers across the globe.

The association promotes the standardization and advancement of sport stacking worldwide. This association 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.

“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,” Fox said. “This is the tenth year we’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records, and we’re excited to have another shot at breaking a world record.”

According to Charlotte Dorwart, coordinator for the event in Sidney, once a year a cup stacking contest is held. This year the World Sport Stacking Association has hopes of getting more than 600,000 stackers participating in the event to be a part of the Guinness World Records.

Last year, there were 592,292 participants.

According to the World Sport Stacking Association, stackers from Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Colombia and Taiwan have competed in the event.

“This is the second time the Cool Kids Club has participated in the event,” Dorwart said. “Your group has to stack for 30 minutes, so we will make games out of. When you’re stacking you use both hands and once the kids get the hang of it, it really improves their coordination.”

There are nearly 50 schools across Nebraska that will participate in the stacking event.

Organizations are required to register and must have a group of at least 25 or more stackers.

“There are specific patterns that the stackers must follow,” Dorwart said. “The kids are given 12 cups, and there are even a certain set of rules. For example, if you start stacking them on the left, you must unstack them starting on the left. This is a fun thing for the kids to do especially being a part of the book of world records.”

The Cool Kids Club/No Limits members will begin stacking between 4-4:30 p.m. at North Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 12.


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