Monday, January 10, 2011

Special Needs Cheerleaders Get Standing Ovation at Their First Game

Friday night, the Spanish Fort Sparklers started on the sidelines, cheering on the Toros as they pounded the court, waiting for their first big half time show. Ramsey Wilder, Emily Grant and six more Sparklers all have special needs, ranging from autism to Down Syndrome. They attend Spanish Fort Middle School and High School.

Cali Quinlivan leads the group along with five varsity Spanish Fort High cheerleaders. The Sparklers formed as part of the Sparkle Effect, a national program that encourages cheerleading squads to include students with special needs. It's the first squad of it's kind in Alabama.

Read more of Irika Sargent's article HERE
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