Cheerleading champs focus on abilities, not limitations

7:05 PM, Mar 6, 2011   |    comments
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Last week, the special needs team from Broomfield competed and won the prestigious national championship in Texas.

"It makes me happy. You know, makes me feel like I've accomplished something in my life," cheerleader Morgan Treadwell said.

The team members face challenges in their lives that might include Down syndrome, Autism or Muscular Dystrophy, but they don't focus on their limitations. In fact, they're surpassing any limitations and shocking audiences with their abilities. Synchronized dance moves, pyramids, tumbles and stunts are all part of the routine.

"When we go out there we usually make people speechless because they're not expecting to see what they see from this type of kids," coach Drew Henry said.

Last week's performance even shocked the coaches and cheerleaders.

"It was one of the proudest moments of my life," Treadwell said. "To this day, I still tear up a little just thinking about how much it meant to win those Nationals."

The team described their final routine as incredibly focused and more than enough to propel them into first place.

Coach Michelle Kostelecky also choked up as she remembered it. "They went out there and shined. I'm gonna cry, and they just are the most amazing set of young adults and kids you will ever meet," she said.

Special needs cheerleading teams offer more than just the chance to cheer and compete. The team members develop important friendships, and parents gain a supportive network of other parents in similar circumstances.

"I love cheer because it's so fun to go out there and have fun with all my friends and my teammates," cheerleader Kacey Beightol said.

The Colorado Suns team is part of the Cheer Central Suns organization. For more information, visit their website at

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