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Oakville Cheer hosts Special Olympic Cheerleaders

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“Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

For 40 years, Special Olympics has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.

With training and competitions in 21 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder. They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again. From the local ballfields to the shining stage of the World Games, from swimming to skiing, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.” -Special Olympics

There is no better message to spread than one of love and acceptance. OHS Varsity Cheer was privileged to host Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) Shine Cheerleaders to share the halftime spotlight with them at the Boys Basketball game on February 11th. Together, the teams wowed the crowd by performing a cheer and an enthusiastic and uplifting dance.

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The message of joy and happiness was heard loud and proud through the smiles on all athletes faces and the lyrics in the music. SOMO Shine is a team that Oakville is proud to support, and hopes to continue to support in coming years.

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OHS cheer was contacted back in November about helping Special Olympics put on their first ever cheerleading clinic. The workshop was a four hour event. The athletes came and were separated into four age groups. The clinic had about fifty attendees, which was a great turn out. From the athletes that attended the clinic, SOMO Shine cheerleading team was born! The athletes that loved the experience decided to continue spreading their joy throughout the St. Louis area. They travel to area high schools and perform basketball games.
Oakville Varsity Cheerleaders are excited about seeing a few familiar faces in the crowd today as a few athletes will attend the Special Olympics fair at OHS.
If you missed the SOMO Shine performance, check it out here!
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