Community leaders share vital lessons with local students during MMU’s summer JumpStart program


Cedar Rapids students have the opportunity to learn from some of the city’s most influential people, including Mayor Brad Hart, during Mount Mercy University’s summer JumpStart program.

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

Third- through seventh-grade students participate in leadership and growth opportunities such as guest speakers, themed discussions, reading and writing activities, sportsmanship activities, and dinner.

The camp runs June 12–July 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Speakers this week include:

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart
Sgt. Doug Doyle, Cedar Rapids Police Department member and MMU alum, and Dedric Ward, former NFL player and Washington High School alum
Darryl Moore, former Iowa basketball player

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