We’ve got spirit, yes we do. We’ve got spirit, how about you?
On July 25, over 200 Unified and special needs cheerleaders from across the country will participate in Cheer for LA in conjunction with the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. These cheerleaders, who range in age from 6 to 42, are volunteering their time to cheer for athletes who will compete in sports such as football, basketball, roller skating and Judo.
“We are so excited to go to this once in a lifetime event,” The Notre Dame School of Dallas’ cheer coach Nancy Wiley said. “The Special Olympic World Games have not been in the USA in 16 years and the Special Olympics wanted to show the world that Americans have so much spirit that they want to show and share with the world.”
Most participating cheer squads started raising money at the beginning of the year through Go Fund Me accounts, fundraisers and private donations, in order to attend the event. The Cheer for LA Cheerleaders are also being sponsored by several industry donors. Cheerleading.com is proud to have sponsored these cheerleaders by donating over 450 pom pons for their performances, while their shoes were donated by Nfinity and all bows are being provided by ShoBows.
“If it were not for these two companies and ShoBows it would cost the school and parents so much money that [some] cheer squads might not be able to go,” Wiley said. “This squad has been blessed with so many people wanting to help us make this trip that I just do not have the words that can tell you how happy I am. We are unbelievably blessed!”
The Special Olympics World Games are taking place in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2. It will be the largest sports and humanitarian event hosted in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries. The event will also include 30,000 volunteers, 5,000 honored guests and 500,000 spectators. ESPN will broadcast the games to fans around the world.
By Lori Todd