Living in Indiana is pretty special, especially if you are a sports fan. Local fan favorites (and winners of the 2006 Super Bowl!) play their home games at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indiana really bleeds blue during football season, so your kids are probably busy watching games, idolizing T. Y. Hilton or maybe even Blue, the Colts’ mascot. The Colts franchise cares about its fans and making the experience something the whole family can enjoy. Recently, the Colts made major moves to make watching a home game easier for families. On top of that, every summer the Colts open up their pre-season training camp to the public and add lots of FREE family fun. One of the coolest, kid-friendly, things the Colts have to offer is their Junior Cheer and Preschool Cheer program.

 

 

 

 

The Junior Cheer and Preschool Cheer programs are an awesome way for young girls to contribute to the game day atmosphere and excitement while learning what it takes to be a real Colts Cheerleader. The Junior Cheer program really is amazing. It provides positive role models for young girls.  My daughter wanted to experience the world of cheer. At her preschool graduation, she said she wanted to be a cheerleader when she grows up. The Colts Junior Cheer program was an opportunity for her to work with the best of the best.

The program has no tryouts, and is open to all girls. It is broken into two groups: Junior Cheer, and Preschool Cheer. The Preschool program has girls ages 3 to 5. The Junior Cheer program accepts girls from the age of 6 to 14. The registration period is now open, and the program runs from May to January.  Girls are fitted for their cheer uniform at the time of the registration. The uniforms are always amazing, and they do a great job of designing the outfits to be a replica of the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders uniform.

Junior and Preschool Cheerleaders make a number of appearances throughout the duration of the program. They start by participating in the IPL Indy 500 Parade, and then kick off the summer by cheering at an Indianapolis Indians game.  The girls also perform at Colts training camp, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and halftimes of a preseason and a regular season Colts games. These appearances are such a great way to see young cheerleaders grow with confidence.

Cheer Clinics are held once a month to practice the cheer routines. There are two clinic locations. The first is at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, and the second location is at Grand Park in Westfield.  At clinics, the girls become a part of the squad, and the head of the squad is a Colts Cheerleader. They work on dance, cheer basics, and choreography. Different age groups have different levels of skills being taught.  The girls also have squad building homework assignments. These homework assignments teach them how to be an asset to the community, by volunteering and making healthy lifestyle choices.

The Colts Cheerleaders are amazing at building up self esteem and confidence. This program does a great job of introducing the world of cheer to its participants.