Monday, 20 February 2012 by Matthew Girard
The Lakewood Elementary School gymnasium was filled with the sounds of plastic cups being stacked and unstacked last week as the school held it's 11th annual Cupstacking Tournament.
From Feb. 1-3, 550 Lakewood students participated in the tournament trying to break personal records and school records.
"It's really good for working on left brain and right brain," Lakewood Physical Education teacher Dana Roach said. "It's a good experience for the kids and they love it."
During the three-day tournament, students participated in stacking events such as 3-3-3, 3-6-3, cycle stacking, partner stacking and team stacking.
Roach and fellow physical education teacher Laura Osborn kept track of each students' time, while students waiting their turn got the opportunity to practice on numerous mats spread out throughout the gym.
"They love the competition," Osborn said. "The benefit of this is that even if a kid isn't athletic, they can do it. It gives a chance for our non-athletic kids to shine."
Parents, family and friends were also allowed to come and cheer their students on during the competition.
The sport began as an activity at a southern California boys and girls club and received national attention in 1990 on the The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The sport was invented by Wayne Godinet, who introduced the first formations.