East Alabama teen aims to be a champion cup stacker

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - It started as a Christmas present of 12 cups, a mat and a timer.

Paxton Moeller, 14,  is a champion in Sport Stacking.  He explained they were not the average cups.  "The holes on the top are there for when you push the cup down.  It will not get slower. "
He practices 3-4 hours a week and has been stacking for the past 5 years.

We asked what his friends thought about this sport.  He said, "At first, they did not really know what it was. Then, they were thinking about buying a set for themselves and they got really in to it."

Paxton's dad, Paul, says competition is their father-son  time.  But, he admits the benefits go farther than that.  Research shows cup stacking helps hand-eye coordination and activating both sides of the brain.

Paxton said it helped him concentrate at school.  He told News Leader 9 he thinks he will do it until he is 90.

The stacking season begins in January at the Georgia State Championship in Columbus.

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