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I would rather stack cups for sport than into the dishwasher

It is interesting to see how many different sports have been invented and sanctioned over the past few years.

I had no idea until I saw it on a television show the other day that sport stacking was even a real thing. Yes, there actually is a sport that people compete in that is known as sport stacking.

For those of you who might not have heard about this fast-growing sport, it involves stacking and unstacking cups in a competitive manner to see who can do it in the best time.

Since I like to research at times when writing columns, this one definitely sparked my interest and I wanted to know the background of this sport.

What I discovered was very interesting, I had no idea that sport stacking began in the early 1980’s and became more well-known after a segment appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. Apparently, it became even more of a success in the 1990’s and I did not even realize it.

This sport was first pitched to physical education teachers by a man who had a small home business of sport stacking that decided to travel the country, pitching his idea to the teachers. The founder of Speed Stacks, Bob Fox, decided after 17years of teaching to leave his school district to promote Speed Stacks.

This man was a genius in my opinion, although a quite unusual idea, he was able to take the idea and get it placed into over 45,000 schools worldwide and have this Speed Stacks program as part of the curriculum.

Apparently, this one program is one that all kids enjoy doing during class. I cannot really blame them, it looks like a lot of fun to just get your cups in order and then stack them and then unstack them and repeat that over and over again.

From the experts who have conducted studies on this program, it looks as though they all have concluded it is a great thing for the kids. It seems to help hand-eye coordination and reaction time, according to a University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse study, by up to 30 percent.

If it helps kids that much and it is that fun for them and they want to do it, it should be in the curriculum of every school in the country. When something promotes good results, it should be a part of the school day.

This program, according to the research I did for this column, also helps train the brain for other sports and activities where the use of both hands is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer. It also has been said to help with reading and math skills.

This sport has become known not only across the country but now across the world. There are many events across the nation and world that allow kids and even adults to showcase their stacking skills. You can stack three, six or ten cups and can be timed or you can play against an opponent.

This sport is actually already a part of the Junior Olympics and I think it would be good to see it become a sport for adults as well in future Olympics.

I know that I would much rather stack cups in a competition rather than just having to keep stacking them all into a dishwasher.