The Pantry Inc., an independently-operated convenience store chain in the Southeastern U.S., helped break a Guinness World Record by hosting a Wake County elementary school’s official World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) Stack Up! event at one of its Kangaroo Express convenience stores.
The 2010 WSSA Stack Up! was a Guinness World Record event in which sport stackers around the world set a new record for “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.” The record was broken with more than 313,000 participants verified at 9:00 a.m. and counting.
The Oak Grove Elementary “Otter Stackers” participated in the event on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the 3505 Kildaire Farm Road Kangaroo Express store in Cary, N.C.
In addition to more than 20 students from Oak Grove Elementary School, Kangaroo Express brought in Team USA world record holders in sports stacking to teach the students stacking tips – Daniel Hong, age eight from Raleigh, N.C., and Emma and Heath Slabach, ages 10 and 11 respectively from Advance, N.C.
“Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, fitness, teamwork, speed and is lots of fun. This is the fifth year we’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records, and we’re excited to have successfully broken another world record,” said Bob Fox, WSSA founder and executive director. “We’re pleased that companies like The Pantry recognize sport stacking’s ability to inspire students and are thrilled it has reached out to its local community to make Stack Up! a memorable event for Oak Grove Elementary.”
Kangaroo Express employees also tried their hand at sport stacking, putting the “fast” in the company’s “fast, friendly, clean” mission to the test. They stacked with the new University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University branded coffee cups as part of the Battle for Bean Street promotion that recently launched in the Triangle area.
“We were delighted to welcome the Oak Grove Elementary and Team USA sport stackers to showcase their high-speed skills at one of our store locations and be a part of a Guinness World Record,” said The Pantry’s Vice President of Marketing Services Dave Henninger. “Sport stacking is a fast-paced, engaging event that aligns with Kangaroo Express’ culture to deliver a fast, friendly and clean shopping experience. The students and Team USA sport stackers gave one of our coffee hostesses some tips that will come in handy when helping our on-the-go guests quickly grab cups Bean Street Coffee.”
At the conclusion of the event, Kangaroo Express and Speed Stacks donated the Speed Stacks sport stacking equipment to Oak Grove Elementary School, including Speed Stacks cups autographed by the Team USA sport stackers.
The Pantry Inc. operates 1,642 stores in 11 states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner.