What is JumpStart?

Our Mission

JumpStart’s mission is to inspire children of Cedar Rapids 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 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.

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.

Camps & Clinics

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