Memorial Chargers Winter Cheerleading

Coach’s Note


The winter season brings much excitement and busyness to the Charger Cheer Program.  The majority of our athletes cheer both our fall and winter seasons.  The process of ending one season and quickly beginning a new one is a lot of work!  Imagine attending fall awards one night and the very next night attending a tryout clinic for your next season – – that’s exactly what your Charger Cheerleaders do.  We are in season approximately 9-10 months out of the year.  It takes a tremendous amount of dedication, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We love this sport and we love cheering for our Chargers.

Now that basketball season is here we are super excited to be back at the iconic North Side Gym cheering for EMBB.  You can also catch us cheering some games for the lady Chargers.

Knowing that this is our final season for Elkhart Memorial Cheer, we are focused not only on boosting school spirit, but also creating some very special and lasting memories.  Once again, we’ll spend significant time volunteering in our community and participating in team bonding activities – – these things make a positive difference, bring us closer together, and make our season especially memorable.

This season more than ever, we hope you’ll join us in cheering for the gold and crimson.  Let’s make our final ride filled with Charger pride.

We’ll forever cherish our memories with Elkhart Memorial Charger Cheer – – we’re not just a team; we’re a cheer family.

-Courtney Kipker, Head Coach


Team Schedule


Coach’s Bio

My love for cheerleading started at a young age.  Although we didn’t have actual cheerleaders at my elementary school, we did have a spirit club that I excitedly participated in.  In fact, as far back as I can remember I always had a lot of school spirit.  I clearly remember trying out for cheerleading in eighth grade with laryngitis and somehow still making the team.  What a memory!  I continued cheering in high school.  I graduated from Indiana University (South Bend) with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies.  A goal of mine is to go back to school and earn my Master’s Degree.

As time passed, I noticed that my love for kids and for cheer never really went away.  I began coaching cheer at West Side Middle School in August of 2002.  Not only did the girls cheer for football and basketball games, we were also very highly involved in cheer competitions.  During our last season of competitions, we were 8-0.  We often scored more total points than high school teams and we received a bid to compete at Nationals.  Throughout that time, I also helped coach a “pee wee” gymnastics and cheer team at a local gym.  To focus more on family, I resigned in 2006 when I become pregnant with my daughter.

After taking a break from coaching for four years, in June of 2010, I started as the Head Cheer here at EMHS.  My first year was very challenging as I made substantial changes to the cheer program.  I worked very hard to create a respectable and structured program that focused on commitment, responsibility, accountability, teamwork, leadership and a strong work ethic.