Thought Co – The History of Hacky Sack (2017)

A look at the early days of the sport. I was a little disappointed as I thought it was going to continue on with the history, but only mentions the very initial days.

Hacky Sack, also known as Footbag, is a modern, non-competitive American sportthat involves kicking a bean bag and keeping it off the ground for as long as possible. It was invented in 1972 by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall of Oregon as a fun, challenging way to exercise.


The story of Hacky Sack began in the summer of 1972 in Oregon. Mike Marshall introduced visiting Texan John Stalberger to a game that involved kicking a bean bagrepeatedly to keep it off the ground for as long as possible — using all parts of your body, except your hands and arms — and then eventually passing it to another player.



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