Brought Together by a Little Ball

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hacky sack

We have all seen them… a small group of kids or young adults standing around in a circle trying to keep a little ball in the air without using their hands. These groups can be seen on college campuses everywhere. Cooperative kicking games have ancient origins in almost every country from China to Native America. Super popular in the 80’s, Hacky Sack or Footbag is a modern American version invented in 1972 by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall of Oregon City, Oregon. Marshall had created a hand-made bean bag, that he was kicking around. Stalberger was recovering from knee surgery and was looking for a fun way to exercise his knees. This is how the traditional American game of Hacky Sack was born. I have been informed that the expert hacky sack player will take some of the filling out of the ball so that the Hacky Sack will actually land on the top of the foot without falling off. There are as many techniques to the game as there are patterns to the balls! The size and vibrant colors and patterns of these balls also make them perfect for hand strengthening exercises and physical therapy. However you choose to use your Hacky Sack ball, you will be delighted by the quality and whimsy of these beautiful Guatemalan creations.


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