It all started with a desire to provide an equal
opportunity for all children to participate in a competitive yet
supportive environment. Through sports many essential
life-long skills can be developed that pave the way towards a successful
When I was introduced to Sport Stacking in 2007, I
was skeptical about the benefits of such a sport, but as I introduced it
to school level children it was received with such passion and
excitement. Because the sport was new it created a
level playing field for everyone and success was based on commitment and
desire instead of athletic ability. This was a true
inclusive sport and I was convinced that it should be part of every
Our first competition was at Markville Mall in June of 2007 with 90 competitors from 3 schools. Now, there are over 30 schools that compete and up to 2000 competitors per year in the York Region alone. It is growing every year and the feedback from students, teachers, and parents is always positive, which is the motivator that drives Sport Stacking Canada to continue to provide this experience for children. We are a non-profit organization that is determined to promote the benefits of the sport across Canada for all children.
What are the benefits of sport stacking? Kids don't need to be convinced about the benefits of sport stacking. They just plain love it (even your "way too cool for it" kids).
For teachers and parents, we've always touted hand-eye coordination, quickness and ambidexterity. We now can substantiate those claims. A university study by Dr. Brian Udermann, currently at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, confirms that stacking improves hand-eye coordination and reaction time by up to 30 percent.
Sport stacking helps students develop bilateral proficiency equal performance on both sides of the body. By increasing bilateral proficiency, a student develops a greater percentage of the right side of the brain, which houses awareness, focus, creativity and rhythm. Stacking helps train the brain for sports and other activities where the use of both hands is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer. Sequencing and patterning are also elements of sport stacking, which can help with reading and math skills.
See It, Believe It, Teach It! A lot of innovative teachers around the world are discovering sport stacking with Speed Stacks. We're proud that it's being adopted into so many quality programs and are excited to see the enthusiasm teachers everywhere are bringing to the sport. If you're one of those innovators, "I want to welcome you into our stacking family and let you know we at Speed Stacks, Inc. are dedicated to doing everything we can to support you and your students", says Bob Fox.