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mvrider
11-21-2016, 08:39 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/world/what-in-the-world/tools-to-help-japanese-schoolchildren-find-balance-unicycles.html

Most elementary schools across the country offer a rack of unicycles for children to ride during breaks on the playground. The Ministry of Education, as part of its recommendations for physical development, recommends that schools supply unicycles, bamboo stilts, hula hoops and other equipment that promotes balance and core strength.

The Japan Lottery Association, a collection of public lotteries, regularly donates money to schools for the purchase of unicycles. Last year the association gave money to support the purchase of 2,000 unicycles for public schools throughout the country. Every year, students compete in the All Japan Elementary School Student Championships of Unicycling.

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/11/17/world/wit-japan-unicycles2/wit-japan-unicycles2-superJumbo.jpg

bigbill
11-21-2016, 08:48 AM
My son's elementary school in the PNW had a program where they rode unicycles, did ball walking, juggled, and did a presentation at the end of the school year. He did it for all 4 years he was in that school. I maintained the unicycles for them including the high ones that had a chain drivetrain.