Zionsville coaches launch Indy Stars Cheer program

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Ayden Childers, Nalia Scagnoli, Makenzie Winters, Jiah Davenport, Lily Medley and Elise Evrard work on synchronized toe touches. (Submitted photo)
Ayden Childers, Nalia Scagnoli, Makenzie Winters, Jiah Davenport, Lily Medley and Elise Evrard work on synchronized toe touches. (Submitted photo)

By Kelsey Ligon

Zionsville area families have a new option when it comes to competitive cheerleading. The Indy Stars Cheer program is minutes south of town and accepting more athletes through July.

The Indy Stars Cheer program offers training in tumbling, stunting, dancing and jumping for girls and boys ages 3 to 18.

Coaches and Zionsville residents Stephanie Evrard and Jennifer Scagnoli have three teams in the program and are looking to add more athletes. Having coached together for three years, Evrard and Scagnoli take pride in turning beginners into winners.

“It’s a great process to watch the difference from the beginning to the end of the season,” Evrard said.

To prove it, Evrard and Scagnoli enjoy sharing success stories.

“We have had cheerleaders who did not make their school team and have joined our squad for a season, then made the varsity cheerleading team the following year,” Evrard said. “Our program is set apart by the bond our teams form.”

Their past teams have even nicknamed themselves the “cheer sisters” because they became so close, but Evrard and Scagnoli say they are excited to build the male demographic of the program as well.

With an emphasis on goal setting, positive attitude, work ethic and confidence building, the duo works to build well-rounded young adults in addition to a strong team.

To help their teams get the most out of the program, Evrard and Scagnoli are bringing in a gymnastics and tumbling instructor and are flying in a top level choreographer. Their facility at 8070 Georgetown Rd. in Indianapolis features two Tumble Traks, two floors, a rod floor and in-ground trampoline.

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