IU Northwest Kid's College will again be offering young girls the opportunity to learn the cheers, tumbling, dances, jumps and stunts of Indiana University Northwest Redhawk Cheerleaders from June 21-July 8. Open to both Young Juniors (children ages 9-12) and Young Collegians (children ages 13-16), this marks the second year the Cheerleading Clinic has been offered.
During the clinic, the girls begin each morning with games to break the ice and strengthen friendship bonds. After warm-ups, they review previously learned material that culminates into an energizing, acrobatic routine for parents and friends at the Kids College closing ceremony. Concluding this experience, many of them go on to make the cheerleading team at their schools, according to Coordinator Joan Wolter.
In fact, all of the courses are taught using a hands-on approach. Each year, participants say the getting to "do it themselves" is what they liked most about their Kids College experience. Kids College started in 1983 as a "fledgling program," says Wolter. But since 1989, it has tripled in size. "The finest compliment comes from the parents who entrust their children to us," she said.
Kids College Summer Session I runs from June 21 through July 8 and Summer Session II runs from July 12 through July 29. Both sessions are held Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. All classes are one hour and 15 minutes. Each course is $60. All classes have a limited enrollment and are filled by a first-come basis. For more information on the cheerleading clinic and to register, please call (219) 980-6805 or (219) 980-6828.