Students from Kent Elementary School united to participate in sport stacking in the school gym on Thursday

Stacking it up for a world record

Kent Elementary students help set new Guinness World record

  • Nov. 29, 2016 3:00 p.m.

History was made by Kent Elementary School on Thursday Nov. 17, when students participated in a ground breaking event to see 625,000 stackers in the World’s Largest Sport Stacking event to set a new record in the Guinness World Records. Participants from around the globe stacked to their hearts content, proving that with a little determination, records can be broken.

“Stacking and unstacking plastic cups is an energizing, brain engaging activity, that gets the left and right brain working together,” said teacher and organizer Donna Gallamore

This is the third event with last year boasting a ginormous 618, 394 stackers, beating out the first year, which saw a total of 592, 292 stackers.

Global participants gave it their all as they stacked up and down in the school gym to create “various pyramids in prescribed patterns and at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes.”

Thirteen different stations were available to enthusiastic students at Kent, with a variety of fitness activities to keep them aglow with the challenge.

The togetherness of the initiative was thrilling for kids who were eager to get to the gym this year, according to Gallamore, of the students from K to 6 who participated.

Tens of thousands of global stackers were expected in this year’s event including countries such as the US, Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Sport stacking with speed stacks involves youth organizations and over 40,000 schools worldwide. The sport is easy to learn but challenging to master, according to World Sports Stacking Association founder Bob Fox.

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

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