Footbag in the News

The idea behind this section is fairly straightfoward. I’m looking to find as many articles about footbag as possible, and have them posted on that date.

I will just post a little summary and a link where possible. I will look to get newspaper, magazine and television stories. Feel free to point in the right direction if you know of some more articles.

Boyle Brings Footbag of Tricks to Moree – Moree Champion (2014)

This one is about a demonstration I did at a school up in Moree, an Australian country town. I stayed with a friend who was a journalist at the paper and he managed to line up a demonstration and then write a story about it.

Full story available here.

A GROUP of Moree students had a ball when an Australian sporting champion gave a workshop at St Philomena’s. This, despite the fact the children had never heard of the champion — or the sport.

Daniel Boyle was the 2010 national champion of footbag, a competition which resembles something of a cross between soccer, breakdancing and a Jackie Chan movie.

Sports Illustrated – Dance of The Magic Feet (1996)

This article from the long-running Sports Illustrated magazine is an in-depth chat with Kenny Shults.

You can read the whole article here. Below is a preview.

Of the millions of kids who have gathered in millions of circles
to kick around all those little beanbags, virtually none know
about Kenny Shults. They should. Although Shults didn’t invent
the sport of footbag–commonly known by the trademark name Hacky
Sack–he is responsible, more than anyone else, for sparking its
international popularity. Shults is the world’s first and only
Hacky Sack prodigy.

“I’m starting to feel ancient,” he said as he surveyed the
dreadlocks and tie-dyes and body piercings on the newcomers who
had assembled to compete in the 17th annual World Footbag
Championships, held in August in Montreal. “Footbag years, you
know, are like dog years.”

Though Shults is all of 30 in human years, his hair–cut Wall
Street conservative–is starting to thin, and his wire-framed
eyeglasses are distinctly unhip. Also, he lacks the cocksure
demeanor of a dominant athlete. Shults is tall and lanky, 6’1″
and 165 pounds, and he moves about with the uncertainty of an
adolescent who has just experienced a growth spurt. He tucks his
T-shirt into his shorts. He is polite almost to a fault. And
because of his job as the marketing director of a software
company in Clackamas, Ore., just outside his hometown of
Portland, he had little time to practice for the championships.

 

Here is a clip of Kenny in action.