Lifetime Memories

March 20, 2013  |  Field Notes

After wrapping up the UCA & UDA International All Star Championship at Walt Disney World®, several teams left Orlando with the prized black jacket and memories to last a lifetime.

Cheerleaders from an all star gym in Desoto County, MS are still celebrating their win and were recognized by the local news channel, WMC-TV. This group of girls had to overcome a lot more than your typical high school cheerleader. They are all dealing with challenges from down syndrome to autism.

The Southaven Wildcats “LYNX” squad, which stands for “Linking Youth Nurturing eXcellence,” is the first cheerleading squad for youth with special needs in Desoto County. Volunteers, including several educators from Desoto County Schools, coach these young athletes and help give them a place to belong.

“They are my best friends,” said Gianni Bunton, a squad member, when she was interviewed by WMC-TV about her team.

Coach Kristen Holloway, who is also a teacher at Desoto County Schools was asked about her squad’s accomplishments. “They want to be treated and to do what everybody else does. And we can do what everybody else does,” she said.

America Needs Cheerleaders like the LYNX squad and their coaches to help others with special needs!

Read the full interview from WMC-TV here.

– Ryan Martin