Host Families Needed for Japanese Students

September 22, 2010

More than 35 Japanese college cheerleaders from Baika Women’s University in Osaka, Japan will be coming to the University of Mount Union from September 29 through October 2 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the relationship between Mount Union and Baika.
While on campus, they will be conducting a cheerleading clinic with the Mount Union cheerleaders and staying with host families in an effort to learn more about American culture.
The Center for Global Education at Mount Union is still actively seeking families to serve as host families. Each family will serve as a host for two Japanese cheerleaders ranging from 19 to 21 years of age. If you are interested in serving as a host family, contact Dawn Adams at (330) 823-7493 or
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.
Due to the strong and close-knit relationship between the two institutions of higher learning, Baika’s competitive cheerleading squad took the name “Raiders.”
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.
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