Category: America Needs Cheerleaders

Embracing Audrey

“Awesome” is the word that comes to mind when Audrey Chisholm talks about her team, the Mokena Burros recreational cheerleading squad. A strong squad with a winning tradition, this team is all about inclusivity. The 13 year old eats, sleeps and breaths cheerleading. Diagnosed with Down syndrome, Audrey has faced many challenges and setbacks on her journey to becoming a cheerleader. From an early age, she dreamed of having the sharp moves and toping stunts. Her supportive parents set out to find a squad that would embrace her talent, energy and enthusiasm. “This is such an important thing for Audrey, ... Read more

Everybody Needs a Buddy

Everybody needs to feel like a somebody, and everybody needs a buddy! Each September for the past 10 years, the Pasco High School cheerleaders make it their goal to raise money and awareness for individuals with Down syndrome at the annual “Buddy Walk” in Tri Cities, Washington. People come from all over the state to show their support and participate in the one-mile walk, put on by the Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-Columbia. This event aims to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion. It also raises money for the association, which offers programs such as lecture series, workshops and monthly ... Read more

Puppy Love

Tails were wagging and spirits were soaring in Galveston as American Cheer Power celebrated the D2 Puppy Love Benefit Championship on November 3, 2018. This unique one-day event asked gyms and teams to bring supplies including paper towels, dog food, toys and more to benefit the DREAM Dachshund Rescue of Houston and Bay Area Pet Adoptions. Approximately 1,000 athletes and 2,100 spectators were in attendance and donated over 250 items for the local shelters. Participating gyms included American Cheer Elite, Horizons All Stars, Rio Grande Valley Cheer, Adrenaline All Stars, Elite Athletics, Odyssey Cheer and Cheer Town. Top-dog fundraising teams ... Read more