Kids First Corporation, NFP was created as a non for profit organization to provide youth football and cheerleading for children from this community and surrounding communities.
Sponsored By:   Frank Forsythe Country Financial
Manhattan, IL
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Welcome to the Manhattan Patriots Cheerleading Home Page

All cheerleaders must register in advance by May 1 and attend cheer fitting on May 21 and 22. After this date, we cannot guarantee a uniform for your daughter!!


Please download the SI PLAY App. This is the only way you will receive practice schedules. They will not be mailed out on a weekly basis. 


The Manhattan Patriots Cheerleading Program

The Patriots Cheer program is open to all girls in 1st through 8th grade and is designed to provide a positive learning environment that focuses on having fun, building self-esteem, and teaching valuable cheerleading, dance, and teamwork skills. We offer a special intro to cheer program for Kindergartners.

No previous cheerleading, tumbling, dance, or poms experience is required.  Our program offers a range of activities from cheering/performing at football games to Competition(s) for all of the girls.

Girls are most likely placed in their division according to the school year they will be entering in the fall. Depending on final registration numbers, adjustments may need to be made to the levels.  Parents will be notified by email if level adjustments will need to be made

Cheer Divisions (based on grade entering in August 2018):
          Kindergarten - Intro Cheer

          1st & 2nd Grade - Superlight
          3rd & 4th Grade - Lightweight
          5th & 6th Grade - Junior Varsity
          7th & 8th Grade – Varsity


Participation in Cheer Competitions is not required.  For 2018 - girls will be placed onto levels after April 1st Placement will not necessarily on based on their grade, but by their interest in participating in competition or not.  We will do our best to accommodate all requests to be on the competition teams.  We may have to move girls around on different levels in order to accomplish this. 


 Intro to Cheer for Kindergartners:

  • The girls will cheer for the 5th quarter of every SLW game ONLY and halftime of the Homecoming game. They will not cheer for halftime of any other games.

  • Practices will be as follows:  Tuesday & Thurs 5:30 to 7:00 before school starts

  • After school starts – Thursday: 5:30 - 6:30


All Cheer Practice:

  • 3 days a week (Monday, Thursday, Friday) from season start (late July) until school starts (mid-August)

  • 1 day a week (Thursday) at the start of the school year until the end of the season.

  • Practice times are from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.



  • All girls are encouraged, but not required to participate

  • There is not a separate competition squad. Any cheerleader wanting to compete will also be at all of the above cheer practices and cheer for football games during the entire season.

  • We compete in 2-3 IRCA Competitions each year

  • Competition dates can fall anywhere from early-October to late-November and ending with the State Championships in early December

  • Girls will only be allowed to miss 2 competition practices in order for them to compete


Competition Practice

  •  Before school starts: Tuesday and Wednesday 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

  • After school starts, practice days and times will be dependent on when the school gyms are available. They will most likely be on Tuesday and Wednesdays throughout the regular football season. We will add Thursday and Friday (if there are gyms available) after the football season is over. Competition practices will be held 2–3 days per week once the football season is over. Parents will be notified in advance of the schedule.



  • Games start in the middle of August and run every weekend through early November

  • There are 8 regular season games and up to 4 additional playoff games, dependent upon each football team's playoff advancement

  • Games are played on either Saturday or Sunday

  • We cheer at all home and away games, in good and bad weather

  • (4) Home games are held at Lincoln Way West