Wisconsin Special Needs Cheer Team heading to championship competition

CHICAGO (SCS) — A Wisconsin cheer squad is training and getting ready to show the world what they can do.

But for a team of 12 special-needs cheerleaders, it’s more than competition.

The Fusion Athletics All-Star Special Needs Cheerleading Squad includes 12 kids with a range of abilities. Some cheerleaders are on the autism spectrum, others have Down syndrome or are in a wheelchair.

But everyone works hard to follow their routine and become a synchronized unit.

“It’s so proud and joyful to see them find a place where they fit in. A home where they have friends, that they’re just normal kids, and that they can show off their talents,” said said Melissa Brauer, owner of Fusion Athletics.

They won first place at last year’s World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando and hope to repeat when they return in late April.


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