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John Stalberger met Mike Marshall by chance in 1973.  John liked Mikeís kicking idea of using a homemade sack filled with beans. From his background in football , baseball, and physical therapy, John took the homemade sack and turned it into a specifically designed object.  A "Hacky Sack", for playing a new game called "Footbag".  The first round Footbag was a 2 piece design, similar to a baseball, and the plastic pellets worked ideally for giving the Footbag new energy with every kick.  John then began figuring out the best coordinated athletic movements for this new game.  

Emphasis was put on the study of the proper kicking techniques, and the correct use of the upper body for counter-balancing.  Equal use of both feet to block the angles of the Footbags flight would also help control the Footbag and avoid injuries.  These new techniques helped develop greater levels of concentration, coordination, flexibility, and strength.  All of which are needed for any sport.

Not to mention it was FUN and could be played by all ages, and skill levels!  It was also realized that this new game could be used as an exercise by any athlete as a warm up, and/or basic training.  They also envisioned that a sport could be created from this new game.

After Mike suddenly and tragically died in his sleep in 1975, John continued on with the dream.  He started a Footbag manufacturing company called "The National Hacky Sack Company".  This was the first company to start organizing and teaching the Hacky Sack concept to schools in Oregon.  

In 1977 his friends helped him form a player's association for the sport, named "The National Hacky Sack Association". (The NHSA)  The first ever Footbag tournament was held in Oregon City, Oregon.

Today, Mike and John's dreams have been realized.  Hackin' the Sack has become a full fledged Sport that is played worldwide. Their dedication continues to be the inspiration for the game and Sport of FOOTBAG. currently has over 1,300 organized Footbag Clubs in 51 countries.  

Hall of Fame members (Click name for Bio.)

Mike Marshall 14 Walt Mason 27 Rick Kaufman 40 Chris Ott 53 Peter Irish 66 Scott Davidson
John Stalberger 15 Jack Schoolcraft 28 Gary Lautt 41 Allan Petersen 54 Jody Welch
Garwin Bruce 16 Mag Hughes 29 Ken Shults 42 Maxell Smith 55 Brent Welch
Ted Huff 17 Bill Hayne 30 Torben Wigger 43 Eric Cole 56 Chris 'Gator' Routh 6
Lori Jean Conover 18 Greg Cortopassi 31 Jim Caveney 44 Jon Lind 57 Derrick Fogel
Dave Hill 19 Cheryl Hughes 32 Scott Cleere 45 Jay Moldenhauer 58 Ted Martin
Jane Wievesiek 20 Bruce Guettich 33 Tricia George 46 Rick Reese 59 Tina Lewis
Mark Hill 21 Jim Fitzgerald 34 David Robinson 47 Peter Shunny 60 Lisa McDaniels
Craig Hufford 22 Mike Noonan 35 Yves Archambault 48 Brenda Solonoski  61 Steve Goldberg
10 Jerry Cunningham 23 Robert Conover 36 Constance Constable 49 Joe Solonoski 62 Julie Symons
11 Eddie Robertson 24 Walt Benziger 37 Jeff Johnson 50 Tim Vozar 63 Greg Nelson
12 Bill Fischetti  25 Rita Buckley 38 Andy Linder 51 Eric Wulff 64 Ian Kobiyashi
13 Garry Gamon 26 Reed Gray 39 Dennis Ross 52 Samantha Conlon 65 Randy Nelson


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