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New Richmond students help smash global sport stacking record

A group of students from Hillside Elementary participate in the eighth annual World Sport Stacking Association Guinness World Records Day event. The students were part of a worldwide group of youths who broke the world record with a total of 555,932 people stacking cups at one time. (Submitted photo)

More than 1,000 students in physical education classes throughout New Richmond took part in the eighth annual World Sports Stacking Association Guinness World Records Day event on Nov. 14. 

The New Richmond students helped the WSSA break the world record for “Most People Sports Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day” with a total of 555,932 people stacking cups on Nov. 14 around the world.

“It was nice to be part of it because the kids were very involved in what they were doing and they were excited to see that they beat the world record,” said Hillside Elementary physical education teacher Kathryn Call.

Throughout the day, sports stackers from more than 30 countries, representing 2,631 schools or organizations worldwide took part in a variety of cup stacking activities to break the previous record of 483,658 which was set the year before.

“This is the first time we have done it and we wanted to do it because it was something different for the kids to try,” Call said. “It was promoted by the WSSA and we thought since we were going to do cup-stacking anyway, why not use it as a bit of a motivator for the students to learn different cup-stacking skills.”

To take part in the record-setting Stack-Up, students K-12 were required to complete 30 minutes of stacking for each participant to qualify toward the record. Once all participating students completed their 30 minutes, New Richmond physical education teachers verified the results and sent their totals to the WSSA.

“Everyone got to participate either on the day of the event or on a practice session the day before,” Call said. “We had 294 students at Hillside take part in the stacking on the 14th and their contributions were counted toward the record.”

Sport stacking is taught in physical education classes to help develop eye-hand coordination and ambidexterity. Students learn a sequence of up stacks and down stacks with 12 specially designed cups. Stackers race against the clock, participate in relays and combine sports stacking with fitness challenges within class.

“I think that it was fun for the middle schoolers to cup-stack again since they haven’t done that a lot and that was fun for them to have a day to go cup-crazy,” Call said. “For the high schoolers, they didn’t get as many opportunities since they had field trips that day, but it was a big success.”

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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