stacking-web.jpgStudents and employees at Mayville State University were among 618,394 people around the world who shattered the Guinness World Record in Sport Stacking on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. They took part in the annual World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) STACK UP!. Participants represented 2,691 schools and organizations from 31 countries around the world.

During the course of the day, each sport stacker participated in up stacking and down stacking various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes. One hundred thirty Mayville State folks participated. The sport stacking event at Mayville State was coordinated by Mayville State employees Becky Gunderson and Tim O’Brien.

Sport stacking has been termed a “track meet for your hands at warp speed.” It’s an exciting sport where individuals 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 and compete in relays.

Sport stacking is popular in many schools and youth organizations worldwide. It is 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.

The WSSA promoted the standardization and advancement of sport stacking worldwide. This association serves as the governing body for sport stacking rules and regulations and provides a uniform framework for sport stacking events; sanctions sport stacking competitions and records. The WSSA was formed in 2001.

For more information about sport stacking, go to, or contact Becky Gunderson at 701-788-4841. Mayville State’s HPER Majors Club is selling speed stacks for $20. They make a great give, and you can start practicing now for next year’s STACK UP! competition.

Photo Caption: Some Mayville State students participated in the event by stacking jumbo speed stacks.