KOKOMO, Ind. – More than 20 cheerleaders from the local community stormed the floor during halftime of the men's final basketball game of the season – cheering, chanting, and dancing their hearts out.
These second through sixth graders from Thompson and Galveston elementary schools recently participated in a mini-cheer camp hosted by Indiana University Kokomo's cheerleading squad. Halftime was their chance to show off their skills.
Head cheer coach, Chelsea Bower, focuses on getting the squad involved with the community.
"It's so important for our cheerleaders to bring all of their campus pride and spirit out into the community," Bower said, who was thrilled with the turnout at the mini camp. "We have a lot of energy and talent and wanted to share it with aspiring cheerleaders."
Bowers loves hosting these mini cheer camps because the kids are always so excited to learn new skills and perform at a real basketball game.
"They are just so proud, and it's awesome to witness," she said.
Freshman Maciah Faucett had a great time bonding with the girls participating in the camp., and said she enjoys being out in the community and sharing her love for cheerleading.
"We want to support the community and teach new skills," Faucett said. "Seeing all these girls look up to us and love cheering as much as we do is the coolest thing."
Bower hopes to expand the cheer camp within the region next year. It will be a few days long and incorporate more material.
"We're excited to build new traditions within the cheerleading program at IU Kokomo, and hosting an annual cheer camp is a great way to do so," Bower said.
The cheer squad already is planning for next year.
"We all had a great time hosting the camp, and we love seeing the girls show off their talents," Faucett said. "We can't wait to see what next year has in store for the cheer program."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.