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Olympic Training Center hosts sport stacking tournament

By Rana Novini, Anchor/Reporter, r.novini@krdo.com
Published On: Mar 02 2013 04:41:53 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 02 2013 08:22:14 PM CST

Kids compete in the Rocky Mountain Regional Sport Stacking Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The Olympic Training Center hosted the 2013 Rocky Mountain Regional Sport Stacking Championships on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Hundreds of students from the state of Colorado took part in the competition.

Sport stacking, also known as cup stacking or speed stacking, is an individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized cups in sequences.  Competitors compete against the clock or another player.

Bob Fox, a former physical education teacher, formalized the rules and regulations of sport stacking and established the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) in 2001.  He also founded a company called Speed Stacks, a stacking resource for teachers, parents and students.

Fox told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that stacking is a great sport for kids because it teaches them hand-eye coordination.

"It activates both sides of that body and brain and it helps with other sports as well," Fox said.  "Think of basketball where you need to dribble with either hand; volleyball, you need to use both hands; baseball, soft quick hands.  It's a developmental sport for other sports as well."

Cari Hinton's three children compete in sport stacking.  Hinton said even though her kids are competitive, it has brought a sense of comradery to the siblings.

"They constantly are beating each other's times," Hinton said.  "They get really excited for each other, though.  It's not always just competition, it's excitement for one another and encouragement as well."

For more information on winners in Saturday's competition and how to start a team, visit the WSSA website.

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