The USASF Committee for teams with Special Needs has witnessed a significant growth in this division and feels it may be time to explore the idea of a name change that more fully supports our philosophy of promoting independence and celebrating the abilities of the athletes on the cheer and dance floors. Read more and submit your ideas here.
Any Team with Special Needs that would like to receive a bid to perform at the 2018 Cheerleading and Dance Worlds may submit a video for qualification. Five (5) Cheer teams and five (5) Dance teams will be selected to receive “At Large” bids to perform at Worlds. Video submission deadline: March 1, 2018.
September came, bringing football season and an updated IASF website with it. Here’s the news that came along with it:
- Pensacola News Journal published ‘It Felt Like I Was the King’: Pensacola Gym Starts Special Needs Cheerleading Team.
- Express posted Britain’s First NFL Cheerleader Holly Warden: It’s Very Competitive.
- The Post published Film Review: In Short – ‘Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack’ is a Joke.
- KSTP posted Minnesota Moment: Rochester Teen Uses Cheerleading to Bring Awareness to Tourrete Syndrome.
- ESPN posted The Move I Love to Hate: Cheerleader Whitney Agee’s Pushup Block.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution published Cheerleader Killed in Cherokee County Crash.
- Cape May County Herald posted Girl Wide Receiver Was Bored Cheerleader.
- Land of 10 published Wisconsin Nose Guard Olive Sagapolu’s Cheerleading Background Highlights His Impressive Athleticism.
- Memphis Business Journal posted ‘Spirited’ Memphis Company Gets New President.
- M Live published Alma’s Burke named STUNT Athlete of the Year.
- 5 News posted Former Gentry Student Killed In Car Wreck Remembered By Cheer Coach.
- The Seahawk published Competitive Cheerleading Offers an Alternative in School Spirit.
- Collegiate Times posted Who is at the Base of the Pyramid?.
- Daily Record published Talented Cheerleader Paige is Heading Stateside for Florida Competition.
- Morgan County Citizen posted Rebecca Lindsey: World-Class Cheerleader.
- 7 News published East High School Assistant Principal Resigns; Principal Retires Amid Controversy Over Forced Splits.
- CBS posted Protesters Want ‘Forced Splits’ Principal Reinstated.
- The Varsity published The Life of a Varsity Blues Cheerleader.
- The Tribune posted Girl Finds Acceptance, Friends in Cheerleading.
- CBC News published ‘It’s Not Just Rah Rah’: Sask. Cheerleaders Work to Smash Stereotypes as Sport’s Popularity Grows.
- The Vanguard posted Inside Athletics: Cheerleading.
- Yahoo! shared Cheerleader Who Knelt in National Anthem Protest Goes Viral.
- Inside Edition published 14-Year-Old Cheerleader With Tourette Syndrome Raises Awareness: ‘I Can Do a Lot’.
And in case you’ve ever had a bad game, it probably wasn’t much worse than the dancer in this video.
August came and many of us returned to school. The unfortunate major news of the month came from Colorado, as reported by Denver Post, USA Today, and Fox News, among others. Here’s the other news of the month:
- Entertainment Weekly published Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Best Lyric Wasn’t in Hamilton.
- Regulatory Review posted Supreme Court Clarifies Test for Evaluating Useful Articles.
- Hollywood Reporter published Inside NFL Cheerleaders’ Legal Fight for Better Pay.
- Mirror posted Good Morning Britain Guest Claims Cheerleading is ‘Sexist’ But is Blasted for Being ‘Ignorant and Offensive’ in Heated Debate.
- Daily Mail published Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Proudly Shows Off Her College Acceptance Letter After Fearing She Would Never Get The Chance to Go to School.
- Cherokee One Feather posted Let’s Hear a Cheer for the Cheerleaders.
- ABC News published Parents Link Concussion With Football, but Ignore Other Contact Sports: Survey.
- Keighley News posted Special Needs Cheerleading Classes to Begin in Keighley.
- Orange County Register published Cheerleading is Starting School Year as a CIF-Regulated Sport.
- Hoover Sun posted A Dream, Realized.
- USA Today published Missouri Teen With Down Syndrome Makes School’s Cheerleading Team.
- University News posted UMKC Cheerleading Team Loses Funding.
- Calaveras Enterprise published From Flips to Flying, Cheerleaders Are More Than What Meets the Eye.
- Valley News posted Curve Balls: Cheering Is One Part Sport, One Part Theater.
As summer continues the news cycle is slow, but here’s what’s going on:
- USASF Member Management System Launch is underway.
- Delmava Now published Special Needs Cheerleading Team Breaks Boundaries – and Wins.
- The Maitland Mercury posted World Stage Beckons for Oxygen All Stars.
- Clarksville Online published Three Austin Peay State University Cheerleaders Win Gold for Team USA at World Cheerleading Championships.
- Palm Coast Observer posted Palm Coast Parents Open All-Star Cheerleading Gym, With Daughter as Inspiration.
- Reading Eagle published Male Cheerleaders Defend Their Place on the Sidelines.
- New York Post posted Cheerleader Dies After Hospital Dismissed Her Chest Pain Twice.
- WTVR (CBS) published Former Elite Chesterfield Cheerleader Found Dead in Hotel Room.
- Courthouse News posted NFL Ducks Cheerleaders’ Antitrust Class Action.
Summer, summer, summertime is here. Here’s what happen while we were enjoying the “offseason”:
- Circa published Does Cheerleading Have a Concussion Problem.
- MovieWeb posted Bring It on 6 Trailer Takes the Cheerleaders Worldwide.
- Washington Examiner published Dear NFL cheerleaders: Don’t Sue Your Teams Over Low Wages.
- Hays Post posted Cheerleading Could Have New Prospects as an Olympic Sport.
- Hastings Tribune published Cheerleaders’ Efforts Lead to New Special Needs Program.
- NBC 12News reported Bus Full of Mesa Cheerleaders Involved in Fiery Crash in California.