AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Gracie Updyke

Gracie Updyke

Graduation Year: 2001
Degree Earned: B.S., Exercise Science; M.S., Exercise Science
Institution: University of Louisiana at Monroe

Former University of Louisiana at Monroe student Lauren “Gracie” Clobridge Updyke has invented a new kind of sports bra and running tank top. Her company, Gracie’s Gear, recently saw the successful funding of a campaign on KickStarter.com to raise $50,000 for production costs. Gracie’s Gear produces sports bras and tank tops that include Updyke’s patented PowerPouch on the front, providing women with space to store items like cell-phones, keys and MP3 players while they run or work out. Her fans responded, and Gracie’s Gear beat its goal by over $5,500.