Missouri senators mull jumping jack as state exercise
04/17/2014 6:51 AM
04/17/2014 10:52 PM
Missouri lawmakers are considering official designation for the jumping jack.
A bill is proposing to make the jumping jack Missouri’s official state exercise. Missouri-born Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing is credited as inventing jumping jacks as a training drill for cadets when he taught at West Point in the late 1800s.
The proposal is supported by students at Pershing Elementary School in St. Joseph.
The legislation has cleared the House and will be considered by a state Senate committee.
Join the Discussion
The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.