The Footbag

Essay by Anonymous UserHigh School, 11th gradeA+, October 1996

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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

is hackysack.

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...