adidas® and G.I. Joe's present

The 18th Annual


Coming Full Circle: The Return to Oregon


The Sole Purpose Footbag Club of Portland, Oregon is proud to host the most prestigious footbag event of the year: The World Footbag Championships! Pledges from the tournament will benefit the Oregon Special Olympics.

From August 11th to 17th, 1997, top athletes from around the globe will compete in nine footbag events; Singles Net, Doubles Net, Mixed Doubles Net, Singles Freestyle, Doubles Freestyle, Mixed Doubles Freestyle, Five Minute Timed Consecutives, Golf, and Doubles Distance One Pass. The competition will be held in several venues, including the PGE World Trade Center Courtyard and also Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in conjunction with "The Bite, A Taste Festival of Portland."

Please see the website for detailed information.

Footbag is... (Spikes, Stomping Legovers & Calves of Steel!)

The aerial jousting of footbag net will shock and enthrall the crowds at "The Bite" at Waterfront Park. This sport is most easily described as a cross between tennis and beach volleyball, played on a badminton-sized court, over a five foot net using only the feet! Meanwhile, at the World Trade Center, footbag freestyle competitors will perform their riveting, acrobatic art. This combination of fluid gymnastic skill and musical interpretation reaches its pinnacle of expertise in world class competition. Top kickers spend hundreds of hours perfecting their choreographed routines for this event. Also, one of the most familiar and oldest footbag challenges, footbag consecutives, will bring its tests of endurance and speed into the spotlight. The record to beat this year is 1,019 kicks in five minutes! (For a complete list of official world records, see <>.


1997 marks the 25th Anniversary of the invention of footbag. The first footbag, called "Hacky Sack(R)" was invented in Oregon in 1972, by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall, as a tool to help rehabilitate an old sports injury. Today, footbags are used in a variety of different competitive and cooperative sports. There are presently over 250 footbag clubs in 20 countries worldwide, and active membership in the World Footbag Association is over 40,000!

For more information...

Worlds 1997 Organizing Committee
Voice: 503-236-0939 * FAX: 503-236-1981 * Email:

World Footbag Association
Voice: 800-878-8797 * FAX: 970-870-2846 * Email:

Or see the following resources on the web:

18th Annual World Footbag Championships
Schedule of Events

Monday, August 11, 1997
1:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies @ Westmoreland Park - S.E. McLoughlin & Bybee,
2:00 p.m. World Record attempts 5-Minute Timed Footbag Consecutive

Tuesday, August 12, 1997
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Singles Footbag Net @ Westmoreland Park

Wednesday, August 13, 1997
8:00 a.m. - 8 p.m. First round of Footbag Freestyle @ Boys & Girls Club -
S.E. Milwaukie & S.E. Ogden

Thursday, August 14, 1997
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Doubles Footbag Net @ Westmoreland Park
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Second round of Footbag Freestyle @ Boys & Girls Club

Friday, August 15, 1997
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Doubles Footbag Net @ Westmoreland Park
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Footbag Freestyle Demonstrations @ Waterfront Park/The
Bite Festival
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Doubles Footbag Net @ Waterfront Park
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Final Round of Footbag Freestyle @ World Trade Center,
Salmon & Front Streets

Saturday, August 16, 1997
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Semi-Finals Singles & Doubles Footbag Net @ Waterfront
Park/The Bite Festival

Sunday, August 17, 1997
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Worlds Booth and Museum Open @ Tom McCall Waterfront
Park/The Bite Festival
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Open, Women's & Mixed Doubles Footbag Net Finals


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