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Jump Rope Station Designed by VCU Students Inspires Play, Exercise

The first of several retractable jump rope stations designed by Virginia Commonwealth University students has been installed outside a Jackson Ward laundromat, offering neighborhood children a chance to jump rope by themselves or with friends.

The stations — part of a project called Upswing — were the capstone project of a team of Certificate in Product Innovation students in VCU’s da Vinci Center, a collaboration of VCU’s Schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering and College of Humanities and Sciences that advances innovation and entrepreneurship.

“I hope that when kids are sitting here at the cleaners, instead of just being on their phone, that they get out and enjoy the nice day. Even when it’s not a nice day, it’s always good to step away from the screen, unwind and disconnect for a bit,” said Owen Thompson, an Upswing team member and marketing major who graduated last spring. “If this gives them a way to do that and have some fun, maybe have a little friendly competition with their neighborhood friends, then I think that’s a really good thing.”

Read the full VCU News article.