August 6, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 7

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:



Profile America -- Sunday, August 7th. The World Footbag Championships wind up a week of competition today in New York. Some may be asking the "what" championships? The word is "footbag" -- often called hacky sack. The footbag is basically a refined bean bag, kicked around among players or by a single person showing off his or her skills. This 31st annual competition has drawn entries from 11 countries. The sport has its roots in ancient China, Thailand, and native America. Two young men in Oregon -- John Stalberger and Mike Marshall -- reinvented and refined the sport in 1972. Footbags are among the more than $72 billion worth of sporting goods sold annually in the U.S. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 395

Statistical Abstract of United States 2011, t. 1249

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau