Millikin University Athletics will host a Cheerleading Camp on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) on Millikin’s campus.
The annual camp is for kids aged 4-12 who are interested in cheerleading. The program is led by the Big Blue cheerleaders who teach a cheer and a dance, as well as stunting and tumbling.
“It is a good way for us to give back to the Decatur community and partner with the DISC. Last year, we had 90 kids attend, and it is so fun to see the little kids come out. The team looks forward to it, and the kids in the community do as well,” Millikin Head Cheerleading Coach Sarah Rapp said. “We have ones that have never cheered before and some older ones that might be on their school team or a competition team. We can cater to their skill sets with the older kids doing more tumbling.”
The cost per child is $47, and participants will receive a hair bow and t-shirt. The class will also perform during halftime of a Millikin Men’s Basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, vs. Carroll University at the Griswold Center on Millikin’s campus. Tip-off is at 4:15 p.m.
Parents can call the DISC to reserve their spot at 217-429-3472. A discounted rate is available if families are members of the DISC.
Millikin Cheerleading will also lead several Stunt/Tumbling Clinics for junior high and high school students this winter.
Stunt/Tumbling Clinics dates and times:
Sunday, Jan. 21: 10 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Feb. 3: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The clinics will take place at Millikin’s Health Sciences Building, located at 1099 W Wood St. The cost is $30 per athlete, and they can register using this form. Registration will open approximately one month before each clinic.
“The clinics are a great recruiting opportunity for local high school students who are interested in coming to Millikin and are interested in cheering. They can get a taste of what our team looks like and our skill level,” Rapp said. “They do a lot of the stunts and pyramids that we do, so they get that early taste of what college cheerleading is like, in hopes that they will be future Millikin cheerleaders one day.”