Who’s Got Your Back? Lessons from My Appearance on Dr. Oz

November 20, 2014  |  On the Stage  |  No Comments

Last week, I was given an unexpected and incredible opportunity. A producer from the Dr. Oz show called to tell me that they were interested in featuring The Sparkle Effect in an upcoming episode. I responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” But then, I began to wonder why a talk show that focuses on health and medical issues wanted to profile a non-profit organization focused on creating cheerleading teams that include students with disabilities.

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Find Your Voice

November 7, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

As cheerleaders, we use our voices to lead the crowd, to add spirit at sporting events and to cheer our schools to victory. Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you couldn't use your voice? Constance Weems, who is 16, has never spoken a day in her life—until now.

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Spreading Cheer to All

November 4, 2014  |  On the Stage  |  No Comments

As cheerleaders, we are used to cheering for football, basketball, pep rallies and other various school-related activities. But Albertville High School has stepped beyond supporting just their school’s teams. Every year, the cheerleaders volunteer to cheer on another group of athletes in the Special Olympics.

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Cheer Expands Their World

October 29, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

You might expect a conversation at cheer practice to revolve around things like hurdlers, liberties and back tucks. But members of the Park City squad are discussing a whole lot more than cheer skills. At a recent practice, they spoke about electric cars and other current events, according to a article in the Herald-Review of Decatur, IL.

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Cheers & Charity Run in the Family

October 23, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

For some families, the love of cheerleading is passed down over several generations. As the perfect way to meet others and reach out into the community, it’s no wonder that cheerleading runs in the family! For Francie Harris, a member of the Auburn cheer team, she takes her traditional love of encouraging and serving others to the next level.

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Team Savannah

October 9, 2014  |  Life Beyond Cheer  |  No Comments

“Stay strong and cheer on!” That’s the motto of Savannah Wright, cheerleader from Jackson County High School and Power Athletics. Two years ago, her competitive cheerleading career was cut short due to a knee injury; however, it was that same knee injury that would save her life.

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Pride Squad

October 1, 2014  |  On the Stage  |  No Comments

Many girls want to try out for cheerleading when they are young. For some, that goal isn't always obtainable. One coach made this dream a reality by combining her passions for cheerleading and working with special needs children.

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Opening Eyes and Hearts

September 25, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Many cheerleading teams volunteer to give back to their communities. For some team members, that experience can be much more than just a service to others.

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Cheerleaders and Dancers Can Give Back Today at Chili’s!

September 22, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

In 2011, Varsity Spirit teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to raise funds at cheerleading and dance camps across the country. Each cheerleader or dancer filled out five letters to friends and family asking for donations to help support the St. Jude patients. After turning in their letters they received a special limited edition “Team Up for St Jude” Varsity Pin Trading pin as a thank you for their support. Four summers later, cheerleaders and dancers have raised over $1.5 million, and All Star Cheerleaders have joined in to help this amazing cause. Since Varsity  Spirit is based in Memphis, TN St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is in our backyard and close to our hearts. Read More

Varsity All Star has Teamed Up for St. Jude!

September 17, 2014  |  Cheers for Charity  |  No Comments

Varsity All Star and St. Jude both believe in making a positive difference in children's lives, which is why Varsity All Star is partnering with St. Jude to support its lifesaving mission of finding cures for children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.

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