30th Anniversary of Relationship with Baika

September 29, 2010

The 2008 Baika competitive cheerleading squad

Forty members from Baika Women’s University’s competitive cheerleading squad will be coming to the University of Mount Union on September 29 through October 2 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the relationship between Mount Union and Baika.

While on campus, they will be performing at the Mount Union Purple Raider football game on October 2, conducting a cheerleading clinic with the Mount Union cheerleaders and visiting local schools. Some of the cheerleaders will be staying with host families in an effort to learn more about American culture while others will be staying on campus to experience American university life.

The relationship between Baika and Mount Union was established in 1980 with the purpose of creating opportunities for international study. Baika initially wanted an international relationship that would allow their students to live and study in America in order to practice and improve their English language skills and to better understand American culture.

In 1991, students at Baika officially formed a cheerleading club and took the nickname “Raiders” because of the long-standing sister school relationship between the two institutions.  Since then, Baika University cheerleaders have gone on to become Japan Cup National Cheerleading champions on several occasions, most recently in August 2010 when teams from Baika won the Japan Cup at the university, high school and junior high school levels. This was the first time in history that one institution had swept all three cheerleading categories at the Japan Cup.

In 2008, President Dr. Richard F. Giese made a visit to Baika. While on campus, the cheerleaders performed and he invited the cheerleaders to Mount Union to cheer at a Mount Union football game. He wanted to bring together two championship institutions that have a long cooperative history.

The cheerleading clinic, conducted by Baika and Mount Union cheerleaders, is $15 per person and is open to children ages six through 18. The clinic will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. in the Peterson Field House at Mount Union. Registration will be held from 8:30 – 9 a.m. Individuals can also pre register by calling (330) 244-9464.

For more information, contact Dawn Adams in the Center for Global Education at Mount Union at (330) 823-7493 or ADAMSDA@mountunion.edu.


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