It was cup crazy at Orems Elementary School recently as students helped break the world record for sport stacking for the second year in a row.
Sport stacking 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.
Scott Saffron, Orems Elementary guidance counselor, has been involved with sport stacking for over eight years in various roles including instructor, coach, tournament director and Speed Stacks Ambassador.
In addition to this annual event, Orems Elementary has a sport stacking club, with over seventy students participating.
During the course of the Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all reaches of the world “up stacked” and “down stacked” various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities.
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.