*2016-2017 Team photos coming soon.*
At Kirkwood, we are proud of our co-ed cheerleading team who you will find cheering for our nationally-known Eagle athletes throughout the course of the year. Our diverse and talented team consists of athletes from as close to home as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to as far away as California. Cheerleaders from across the country aspire to be an Eagle cheerleader to not only cheer for national champion teams, but to be a part of a close-knit Eagle family that they are bonded to for years to come.
With a strong alumni group who return to Kirkwood regularly to perform, volunteer their help, and attend open gyms, our program is able to consistently exhibit and compete annually at events such as area Dance Marathon events, Cedar Rapids Rough Rider hockey games, Cedar Rapids Titan semi-pro football games, Cedar Rapids Kernels semi-pro baseball games, local cheerleading competitions, the Iowa State High School Cheerleading Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, and all the way to Cheer LTD Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is also not surprising to see our team out in the community and volunteering at many different events, including the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk in Cedar Rapids, reading to children in school on America Reads Day, and helping with the Special Olympics of Iowa's Regional competitions, just to name a few.
Back home in Johnson Hall, we regularly hold open gyms for aspiring, current, and alumni cheerleaders to allow others to practice their skills in a safe, controlled environment at no out-of-pocket cost to attendees. We are proud to have helped local high school cheerleaders and coaches grow in their skills and programs with our support, including the following: Center Point-Urbana, Benton Community, Vinton-Shellsburg, and Xavier High School.
Our year begins each Spring with tryouts for the upcoming school year traditionally taking place on the last Sunday of April in Johnson Hall on the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, campus. Interested candidates should be prepared to demonstrate their cheer, dance, jumps, tumbling, and stunting skills. A chant and a dance to be demonstrated during the final tryouts is taught at each tryout. Cheerleaders with college-level jumps, tumbling skills at a back-handspring and above, as well as solid stunting skills at a liberty and above, will score highly at tryouts. Because expectations of Eagle cheerleaders are high, we have also incorporated interviews into our tryout process.
Kirkwood Community College Cheerleading is coached by Head Coach Krystal Fitzpatrick and Assistant Coaches Mike Thibodeaux, Sarah Trinkle, Destiny Loney, and Rebecca Jo Epault. If you would like more information about our program, fill out the information on the "Recruit Me" link on the Kirkwood Cheerleading Website! You can also stay current and follow the Kirkwood Cheerleading on facebook: The Official Kirkwood Cheerleading Facebook Page
Our team's goal this year is to have full-squad standing tumbling in our Nationals routine. Those that are still working on their skills are still encouraged to tryout. For more information, contact Head Cheerleading Coach, Krystal Fitzpatrick, at [email protected]
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