St. Joseph Catholic School is hosting a sport stacking tournament, which will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in the school cafeteria at 506 E. Marvin St.

Stackers and non-stackers can come and participate.

Students of all ages from SJCS, under the leadership of SJCS eighth-grade teacher Teresa Vierra, the sports stacking coach, have competed in the national cup stacking tournament for the past three years – and several have walked away with medals.

Vierra explains 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,” she said. “For teachers and parents, we’ve always touted hand-eye coordination, quickness and ambidexterity. We now can substantiate those claims.”

She noted that a university study by Dr. Brian Udermann at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse confirms 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.

SJCS students have presented the sport to local entities, including health care facilities.

Registration forms are available on the WSSA Sport Stacking website at http:www.thewssa.com. The fee is $10 for age groups 4-13.

For further information, contact Vierra at tvierra@stjswaxtx.org.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.