Sinagua Middle School Special Olympics Cheer Squad made history this summer. They traveled to California to join over 230 cheerleaders in the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in the year 2015.
The girls were part of the first ever group of cheerleaders to participate in the Special Olympics World Games as an official organized program.
A Special Olympics official stated in a letter to the team that “The cheerleaders brightened everyone’s days; I received never-ending positive comments about their outfits, smiles, spirit, and joy. Cheer for LA2015 made a huge difference and had an enormous impact on these Games, and you should all take a second to pat yourselves on the back and thank all of your colleagues for this incredible success.”
Sinagua Middle School Special Education teacher and Special Olympics Coach Carol Sharp said “One highlight for us was cheering for the Israel vs. Pakistan basketball game at the Galen Center on the USC campus! Amazing!!”
The Sinagua Mustangs participated in a program called Project UNIFY which is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating communities of acceptance for all.
Mackenzie, a Unified Partner (responsible for organizing the cheer teams) reported that “My World Games experience was beyond what I could dream. Opening Ceremonies, I am at a loss for words. Getting to meet so many people from all over the globe, so amazing. This was truly a lifetime experience. Special Olympics has changed my life. This will stay with me forever.”
A FUSD Special Olympics Athlete stated “My World Games experience was very fun because I was always around my teammates. It was amazing because I got to meet people from all over the world. I also like being on TV!”