JumpStart’s mission is to inspire Cedar Rapids children to reach their educational potential by teaching vital lessons in leadership and academics—through the support of mentors and role models—as part of free sports programming at the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex.

The Program


  • June 2024 Dates: 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
  • July 2024 Dates: 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
  • All programs will be held from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM 


  • All of our activities are taking place on campus at the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex.


  • JumpStart is completely free of charge. Meals are included.


  • All programs are available for students in grades 2-8


Register today

I actually did JumpStart last year ... I knew I really enjoyed it, and it was something I wanted to do again. So, when I found out I had the opportunity to do it again, I wanted to do it. I just like bonding with the coaches and just hanging out with all the other kids.

JumpStart participant

The Benefits


Through the JumpStart program, the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex will be available to local social service agencies and neighborhood organizations for their own programming, free of charge.

Camps & Clinics

Children and youth identified by partnering social service and neighborhood organizations will have the
opportunity to attend free camps and clinics hosted at the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex, as space allows.

Summer Programs

Mount Mercy students will develop and implement a robust summer evening program serving children
and young adults using sport activities and mentoring as a tool to leverage academic potential.

Year-Round Activities

  • Basketball league
  • Volleyball league
  • Mount Mercy sporting events
  • On-campus activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Lunch Buddy Program
  • Halloween on the Hill

Any questions? Contact Dominique Wright, JumpStart Coordinator.