Building Leaders

February 6, 2016  |  Field Notes, Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

Your life is a masterpiece – shaped by mentors, enhanced by family and embellished by friends. Together, these special people lay your foundation. Whether you’re taking the stage or walking across it during graduation, it’s important honor those who’ve built you. Surrounding yourself with leaders is the key to your success, but – the final product is up to you.

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Rare Cancer Can’t Stop This Cheerleader

January 13, 2016  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

It’s a thrill and an accomplishment for any cheerleader to make their college’s cheerleading squad. But for University of Maryland freshman Kathryn Brown, that accomplishment was even more thrilling because of the long road to recovery she had to travel to be able to cheer again.

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Deaf Student First to Make Oklahoma All-State Cheer Team

January 5, 2016  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

We’re kicking off this year’s America Needs Cheerleaders blog with the story of Keith Montrell Adams, the first deaf student to be selected to Oklahoma’s All State Cheerleading Team.

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Cheerleaders Work Together for Troops

November 24, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Meet All Star Legacy Cheer and Dance, a gym that has completed more community service projects than actual cheer competitions. This year, to honor the spirit of giving, 20 cheerleaders and 10 parents from All-Star Legacy came together to assemble care packages for military service members.

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TSE: Inclusion On and Off the Field

November 24, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

We launched The Sparkle Effect in 2009 with the goal of creating a place for students with disabilities to cheer and dance alongside their peers. What we’ve found since then is that cheerleaders on Sparkle Effect teams are making big changes both on and off the field. We’re celebrating the positive findings of the study by highlighting a few success stories of our standout squads.

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Mater Dei Dancers Support Marines

November 23, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

For nearly a decade, the athletes at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA have teamed up for “Monarchs for Marines,” a program designed to support US troops and their families.

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Hunterdon Central: Philanthropy Champions

November 18, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Not only do the Hunterdon Central cheerleaders embody excellence on the competition floor, but also l demonstrate how easy it is for even the most competitive teams to give back throughout the year. Take a moment to read about the fun ways they contribute to their community.

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Seckman Dancers Support Local Kids and Families

November 17, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Passion. Determination. Heart. It’s no secret that this winning combination (plus some serious talent) helped carry the Seckman High School “Jag Swag” Dance Team to the finals of the 2015 NDA National Championships. Jag Swag consistently ranks among the top dance competitors in the nation, bringing home titles for both their Jazz and Team Performances at nationals this past year. It’s also no secret that the Seckman dancers bring the same winning combination of passion, determination and heart to their Missouri community. Through the years, Jag Swag has made it a team priority to enact positive change – especially for local children and families.

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Kutztown Cheerleaders Compete in Cancer Olympics

November 16, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Did you know that each year, approximately 15,780 children are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 19? What’s worse, 83.5% of families who have a child with cancer will experience financial hardship as a result of the diagnosis. The athletes at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania wanted to do something to help. In August, more than 250 students came together to compete in the first-ever Kutztown Childhood Cancer Olympics.

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Sparkle Success Stories: Kentridge High School

November 12, 2015  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

A recent study conducted at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa found that involvement with The Sparkle Effect produces a greater sense of school and community pride, as well as an increase in respectful, accepting, and inclusive interactions between peers. That means that the cheerleaders and dancers leading Sparkle Effect programs are making big changes, for their squads and for their school communities at-large.

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