What if I told you that in my hand I hold the secret to
world harmony that diplomats have been searching for for
centerys. That a toy about the size of a plumb can improve
your physical and mental well being tremendously. It may
sound corny, but it may even bring you at peace with the
world. You may call me crazy, but I believe that this little
devise can do all these things.
This is the hackysac, or footbag as it is officially known,
and it is the only component necessary in a very exciting game. But to me, it is much more than a
game. To me, it is an expressive dance, a natural high, an important social skill that everyone should
become familiar. I am now going familiarize you with this social skill by explaining some philosophy
behind it and showing you some basic kicks.
The Olympics claim to promote peace and unity, but any hacker will tell you the true goodwill game
It has kept warrior guards awake in ancient China, warmed up the legs of soccer
players, and helped treat sports injuries by stretching muscles and tendons. Through it's lattest
incarnation, though, it's the ultimate neo-hippie sport;the athletic equivalent of tie-dyed clothing or
listening to the Grateful Dead.
Hackysac's reputation as a game of peace, love and understanding may have begun during a 1987
American-Soviet peace walk protesting the arms race. As hack circles developed along the road
from Leningrad to Moscow, people joked that summit meetings weren't the answer and the true
secret to lasting peace among nations lay in the game of hackysack.
The dynamics of the game reinforce the hac's image of a game of good-will. Basically, the hac is
pass through the air with any part of the body...