Special Needs Cheerleaders

Special Needs Cheerleaders

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DEFYING GRAVITY AND THE ODDS BY TAKING HOME TOP HONORS AT THE UNIVERSAL CHEERLEADERS ASSOCIATION SUMMER CAMP. NOW SHE AND ONLY ONE OTHER MEMBER HAVE A CHANCE TO TAKE HER TALENTS TO DISNEY WORLD FOR THE THANKSGIVING PARADE. ASHLEY WILLIAMS LIVE ON HOW YOU CAN HELP HER GET THERE. HELLO GUYS, GOOD MORNING, WE ARE LIVE AT BELLA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL. YOU ARE SEEING THE VARSITY AND JV TEAMS RUNNING ON, WELL, THERE IS NO GAME HAPPENING, BUT TODAY, WE ROUTE ON SOMEONE SPECIAL. WE ARE ROOTING ON LANE, 17 YEARS OLD AND HAS DOWN SYNDROME. SHE IS PART OF THE VARSITY SQUAD, AND SHE HAS HAD AN AMAZING JOURNEY WITH CHEERLEADING AND, AND THIS PAST SUMMER, SHE ATTENDED THE CHAIR AND TOOK HOME TOP HONORS WHICH IS AN ALL-AMERICAN CHEERLEADER. WE WILL GO AHEAD AND PULL HER OUT OF THE CROWD AND BRING IN MOM AND COACH TO TALK ABOUT HOW BIG OF A DEAL THIS IS. IF YOU WANT TO COME OVER, HOW ARE YOU? GOOD. WE WANTED TO COME AND FEATURE YOU ON THE SHOW, AND JUST SAY CONGRATULATIONS FOR MAKING ALL-AMERICAN. THANK YOU. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AND HOW THIS HAPPENED? SURE. WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD, I HAD BEEN CHEERING, AND I WON ALL- AMERICAN AT CHEER CAMP. AND THEN FOR YOU, ALL- AMERICAN, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHAT IS WHAT YOU GET TO DO? IT MEANS I CAN GO TO THE PARADE. WE WOULD ALL LOVE TO BE AT THE PARADE. MOM, AGING, HOW AWESOME IS THIS? YOU SEE THE AWARDS AND THE RIBBONS RIGHT THERE BEHIND US, LANE IS FANTASTIC, AND SHE OBVIOUSLY LOVES CHEERLEADING. TELL ME ABOUT HER LOVE FOR THE SPORT. SHE’S BEEN DOING IT SINCE SHE’S 9 YEARS OLD AND SHE STARTED TO DEVELOP THIS AND SHE SAID, MOM, I WANT TO GO OUT FOR CHEER. AND I CONTACTED THE COACH AND SHE’S BEEN SO EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THIS. WHEN SHE COMES HOME AND SAYS MOM, I MADE ALL-AMERICAN, HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL AS A MOM? IT WAS AMAZING, I WAS SO HAPPY FOR HER, I WAS HAPPY SHE WAS EVEN INCLUDED, BUT THEN SHE WON. I SAID OH, MY GOODNESS. I WAS SO PROUD OF HER AND SHE WAS SO EXCITED. ALL-AMERICAN, ONLY A FEW PEOPLE FROM EACH SQUAD GET CHOSEN. SO FOR YOU, COACH KAREN, KNOWING THAT SHE WAS ONE OF JUST A VERY FEW, THAT WILL BE EXCITING FOR YOU AS A COACH. IT’S SO EXCITING. ALL-AMERICAN IS THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL AWARD THAT A CHEERLEADER CAN RECEIVE THAT IS COUNTED NATIONWIDE AND BEING A SPORT, IT’S A HUGE HONOR TO HAVE HER RECEIVE THAT AWARD THIS YEAR. SHE HAD THE CHOICE BETWEEN LONDON AND DISNEY WORLD AND YOU CHOSE DISNEY WORLD. WHY DID YOU WANT TO GO TO DISNEY WORLD? BECAUSE I WANT TO GO ON THE TRIP WITH MY MOM. IT WILL BE SO MUCH FUN. YOU GUYS ARE RAISING MONEY TO HELP GET HER TO THE TRIP. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP FUND THE TRIP? WE ARE DOING A GOFUNDME ACCOUNT. IT IS OUR ALL-AMERICAN CHEERLEADER, LANE. PLEASE HELP OUT SO SHE COULD GO TO THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY. OTHERWISE, IT’S SO NICE THAT THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT EVEN TO SHOWING UP AT A GAME AND ROOTING HER ON ON THE SIDELINES. COMING UP A LITTLE LATER, WE WILL WATCH YOU CHEER. IS THAT OKAY? SURE. AND YOU DO A TOE TOUCH OR A KICK? OH YEAH, HOW ABOUT SPIRIT FINGERS? THERE IT IS. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEER MOVE? I DO A DIFFERENT THING. AND YOU DO IT FOR ME? HEY, WHAT DO YOU SAY? WERE GOING TO GO ALL THE WAY. GO LANE. SO AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS TO LANE, SHE WILL BE HEADING OFF TO DISNEY WORLD FROM THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE AND SHE SAYS I WANT TO GO ON THE TRIP WITH MY MOM AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.

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