Sparkle & Shine Team Page
Welcome to the Sparkle & Shine Cheer Squad Team! We are excited to have you join us. Below is some information about the team, what is expected of you as a member and printable copies of the handouts given throughout the season.
Need To Know
Welcome to the 2023 / 2024 Sparkle & Shine Cheer Squad!
What is a Cheerabilities team? A Cheerabilities team is a cheerleading team that is designed for athletes with disabilities. The team is open to athletes aged 5 and above who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment 1. Cheerabilities teams are built across the nation to provide exceptional athletes with an opportunity to be a part of a sport with their peers. The athletes learn a routine, compete against other Cheerabilities teams, and get to have an opportunity to develop friendships, boost confidence, and work hard like other competitive cheer teams.
PRACTICES: Practices will be held on Wednesdays from 6-7:00 pm at Heritage Elementary School. The address is 290 Woodland Dr E, Saline, MI 48176. If you put the address in your GPS, it might take you to Liberty School. If so, there is an entrance to “the parent loop” on the left side of the school. You should see a small parking lot. You can park there. Enter in the main doors. Turn to the left and look for the cafeteria on your right. GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME to find the school and arrive a few minutes prior.
**IMPORTANT** After the first three practices, you are expected to attend as many practices as possible. You are commiting your time to be part of a team that will highly depend on your attendance. Please make this team a priority.
COMPETITIONS AND APPEARANCES: Another positive aspect of a cheerabilities team is the opportunities it gives the disability community to show others their capabilities and raise disability awareness. Our goal is to start making appearances and competitions in late-March until June. We will then try to meet at least once a month during the summer and resume practices and appearances in the fall. The team will be ongoing. All appearances and competitions will be discussed with the team and will be decided. This is a learning experience. We are “paving the path” as we go. Please remember to have patience and give the coaches grace until we get the team momentum going.
PRACTICE UNIFORM: We will offer practice uniforms after the first three weeks of practice. Until then, please wear leggings or shorts with a light shirt. No sweaters or sweatshirts. Tennis shoes and socks. No crocs, slip ons or boots. BRING A FULL WATER BOTTLE FOR WATER BREAKS.
COST: The cost for being part of the team is FREE. HOWEVER, please be sure to sign up to be a member of the Work and Play (both free or paid membership is fine). We need to use these numbers for grants and prospective sponsors. You will also be provided (as a group) opportunities to raise funds for the team. Everyone must participate in fundraising activities.
We are looking for a lead volunteer to head fundraising efforts. If you are interested in the position, please contact Coach Misty.
VOLUNTEERS: We are looking for individuals to perform with the team as helpers. PERFORMING volunteers must be 13 and older. Cheer experience is a plus. (We could use all the help we can get!)
Downloads & Handouts
The registration form is for both volunteers and team members.