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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NEW PLAYERS – As we grow, it is always important for us to bring in new families and participants into our program. We are a young growing community and surrounding area, as you can see by our growing numbers on all our our levels of both cheerleading, and football. For the last few years the upper levels of both cheerleading and football have been thin, but that is changing as we continue to be successful and hopefully retain all our participants. We near the day when we can get all of our superlight and lightweight squads up to Varsity. But as always we ask for your help…If you are happy with the Patriots program, please let your acquaintances in this area know. We have a lot to offer on the older levels and plan on having some more success this season. We have had many boys from our varsity football program go on to be major contributors on their respective high school teams, because of the playing time and experience they gained with the Patriots. And for us as a program and for our coaches, this is our ultimate goal. There preparation and determination is the key to their success on the next level. From a cheerleading standpoint, we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments the last few seasons. They did an outstanding job again last season with all squads qualifying and participating in the IRCA State competition, and really set the bar for high for this season. Our goal is to be able to fill a team at each level again this season and again we need your help. So if you or your child knows another that is on the fence or considering playing, put them in contact with us, we would love to talk to them.

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ALUMNI CLUB – We offer our Alumni Club program for all existing Patriots participants. For the people new to the program this past season, this was developed for all past and current members of the Manhattan Patriots Family. Not that we don’t always welcome new members, but we think that our past members should be rewarded for helping to build this program year in and year out.  Returning Alumni are guaranteed a discount on your registration fees of $25.00 per participant.

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FLAG FOOTBALL - Our season goes from the beginning of August till mid September in flag. We have an in house program, that plays all Manhattan teams. Our practices are 1 day a week with the exception of the first two weeks in which we have 2 practices per week. Practices will probably be held on Thursdays evenings as they were last season. Games will most likely be held on Sunday late morning this season again as well. All practices and games are at Manhattan Jr High, except our final tournament that is held at Lincoln Way Central or West at the end of the season.

Players receive a personalized Jersey that they keep 

The fees are $90.00. That covers everything. There may also be a small fundraiser.

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Intro to Cheer for Kindergartners - Our season starts in late July. We practice 3 evenings a week for the first three weeks and then go down to 2 nights (Tues, Fri) when school starts. Practice times are 5:30PM to 7:00PM. We regularly practice at Manhattan Jr High. We have eight games starting the weekend of August 15th. The teams have the opportunity to qualify for playoffs and can play till the first week of November if they make it to the Superbowl as we were fortunate enough to in the past. We always try to get our games on Saturdays, but there will be a few Sundays. We play our home games at LW Central and LW West depending on availability that weekend. 

- Cheerleaders will receive a t-shirt, shorts and pants to wear at the games that they keep.

- The girls will cheer for the 5th quarter of every SLW game ONLY. They will not cheer for halftime.

- They will learn sideline cheers and beginning tumbling. 

The fees are $100.00. That covers everything. There may also be a small fundraiser.

 

Your Input

 

As always we welcome any suggestions, concerns, opinions, and/or recommendations that will help this to continue to be a successful organization. This program cannot function to its fullest extent without you. There is a lot of work to be done to make this a successful program and we are looking for parents that are interested in getting involved to make this the best program it can be. Please feel free to contact us at any time via email or by phone.