The mission of the Merced Cougars Youth Football and Cheer is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to serve as an alternative to any negative influences within the community. Our football and Cheer program uses the fundamentals of the sport as the vehicle to teach life skills. We teach our players to set a vision for themselves and their teammates and our program’s ultimate purpose is to have each athlete leave with a strong work ethic, loyalty, and teamwork which will catapulting them into the rest of their life as a responsible and contributing person in our society.