Some of the world’s fastest cup stackers are right here in Philadelphia. What’s cup stacking? It’s a growing sport, as school officials found out this week.

dscn1324 Two Central Students Demonstrate Stacking Skills

KYW’s Mike DeNardo says don’t blink. If you do, you’re sure to miss the talents of Steven Wu (photo right) and Zhewei Wu (photo left) — two freshmen at Central High, who are on the USA Sport Stacking team.

They showed the School Reform Commission at this week’s meeting how they can stack and unstack 12 cups in sequenced patterns, in less than six seconds. Their physical education coach at McCall Elementary, Mark Sykes (white shirt in photo), says it’s a sport that is as mental as it is physical:

“It involves using both sides of the body. It involves using both sides of the brain. Bilateral coordination, exceptional eye-hand coordination.”

He says cup stacking clubs compete in 30 Philadelphia schools, and at city recreation centers.

Steven and Zhewei — who aren’t related — plan to return to Denver for the World Speed Stacking championships in April.

Webmaster: In the photos, Mark Sykes is in the white shirt on the far left.Zhewei Wu is the smaller left stacker, and Steven Wu is the bigger stacker on the right.

(Photo by KYW’s Mike DeNardo)

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