'Sport Stacking' sweeping the Pacific Northwest

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Sport Stacking is sweeping the Pacific Northwest at warp speed.
 
"It's a sport where you stack individual and team cups at lightning speed," said Ezekiel McDowell, champion stacker. "It's so much fun and I love doing it every single day."
 
Kids of all ages are gravitating toward the sport.
 
"I got hooked right away when I started in P.E. class and ever since I've just been practicing," said Josh Kutz, an 11-year-old stacker.
 
The National Championships were held in Denver over the weekend where there were categories for kids as young as four all the way up to 80-years-old.
 
"Anybody can do it. All you have to do is put hard work and practice," said McDowell.
 
Not only is this sport fun and entertaining, it's also educational.
 
"Probably the best thing that happens is that you have ambidexterity going on, developing their left and right hand eye coordination," said John Ansotigue, stacking coach. "It's like playing a music instrument. The kids have bi-lateral brain development, which translates into helping them learn how to read and helping them learn to do math."
 
To order stacking cups and an instructional DVD visit www.speedstacks.com.

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