NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University cheer team recently wrapped up a trip to the University of Louisville, where the Spartans attended a National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Collegiate Camp. The NCA was founded in 1948 by Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer and continues to hold his vision of creating an atmosphere to cultivate the whole cheerleader. NCA Collegiate Camps bring together some of the best cheer programs in the country to teach new stunts and game day materials.
The final day of NCA Collegiate Camps include a full day, all out competition. The top performers at NCA Collegiate Camps earns bids to the NCA National Championships, which are held in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Manchester University cheer team was one of the schools that performed well enough on the final day of camp to earn a ticket the 2022 National Cheerleaders Association National Championships. This year’s championships will be held on April 6-10, 2022.
“The camp we attended was extremely difficult, both physically and mentally,” said Head Coach Kylee Moss. “It’s even more difficult when you’re meeting your team on the bus heading there.”
“Just like any sport, it takes time learning teammates’ strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, my team really got to know each other within 3 days. They learned so much material that we are so excited to implement into our game days. The tears and excitement that I saw on my team’s faces when we found out we have a chance to perform at Daytona was priceless.”
Performing in Daytona Beach at the NCA National Championships is often considered the Superbowl of competitive cheer. The Netflix series, Cheer, documents teams’ preparation and competitive journey to Daytona Beach.
“The last time Manchester went to this camp was when I was student… 11 years ago,” reflected Coach Moss. “I knew what to expect as an athlete, but this was new for me being on the other side as a coach. I have to say it was just as difficult, however, I am so proud of this team. I am excited to see them again when they are back on campus in a few weeks and we will be ready to see Spartan fans again and give you the best game day experience!”
The Manchester cheer team will be on the sidelines during football and basketball contests this year.