Within the last handful of years, a chain of indoor trampoline parks has skyrocketed in popularity around the United States. Sky Zone introduced this concept to the country, and the chain rose to prominence quickly. Sky Zone owners come from many walks of life, but few are as interesting to learn about as Andrew Rocklage. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Rocklage is currently the owner-operator of a new Sky Zone location in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida. So, how did an East Coast native with a background in law end up owning a trampoline park in the Sunshine State? Read on to find out.
Growing up, Andrew Rocklage was always active and into sports. Naturally curious and adventurous, he was always willing to try new things and to broaden his horizons. He excelled in his studies in secondary school, so it came as no surprise that he decided to proceed directly to college. Andrew was accepted at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he threw himself into college life. While academics were his main priority, Rocklage continued to be very active. Through the years, he even trained for and ran half-marathons and full marathons. His love of running hasn’t waned to this day.
Andrew Rocklage graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management. He also came away with a minor in economics, so he had a broad base from which to begin his professional career. While working on his degree, he completed various internships and volunteer opportunities that afforded him the chance to see what life was really like in the business world. He also forged crucial connections with well-known people throughout the Boston business community; these connections would come very much in handy later in his life.
While he was satisfied with the work that he had done and what he had accomplished at UMass, Andrew Rocklage wasn’t done with school just yet. He had realized that he was fascinated by law, so he decided to return to school to earn a law degree. Impressively, he was accepted into the prestigious Suffolk University Law School, where he worked tirelessly to earn his degree. In 2013, after several years of work and study, he came away from the school with a Juris Doctor law degree. Finally, he felt like he had the educational background that he needed to accomplish the goals that he had set for himself in life.
Initially, Andrew Rocklage thought that he would be happy working strictly in the field of law. Although he did an internship in public relations for Major League Lacrosse at one point, he decided to take a job in the legal field to see how he liked it. He worked as a legal consultant and law clerk before taking a job as corporate counsel for EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals. The work was demanding and interesting, but it didn’t quite do enough to satisfy Andrew’s desire for innovation and forward thinking.
Since he had dipped his toes into the world of Boston business already, Andrew Rocklage decided to see what kinds of opportunities existed for him in that area. He finally realized that what he really wanted was to be master of his own destiny. To do that, he needed to strike out on his own and to stop working for others. He was actively seeking opportunities to own a successful business when he was alerted about an opportunity to invest in a Sky Zone franchise. Luckily, he was already familiar Sky Zone and really liked the concept. Several locations were already open in the Boston area, however, so Andrew knew that he would most likely have to relocate to make it happen.
After spending his whole life in Boston, where winters are positively punishing, Andrew Rocklage was more than happy to escape to the warmth of sunny Florida. He relocated to the city of Jupiter, Florida, and then he went to work getting a new Sky Zone franchise location open in the area. Finally, he became the owner and operator of a brand-new Sky Zone in Tampa Bay, FL. Located on International Speedway Boulevard, the facility includes a vast array of features and attractions. In addition to the immensely popular Freestyle Jump area, the facility includes SkySlam, which incorporates basketball and trampolines; FoamZone, where people can jump and have fun while surrounded by soft, cushy foam; and even a snack bar. At long last, Andrew Rocklage has found his calling. Will he be satisfied forever, though? Only time will tell.