DHS Sparklers to Perform at Special Olympics World Games

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The Duncanville High School Sparklers cheer team has been invited to perform at the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in July, thanks to a nomination submitted by the Texas Special Olympics committee. The Special Olympic World Games is the largest sports and humanitarian event of 2015, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries and an anticipated 500,000 spectators. The Sparklers are representing Texas as the only public school cheer team from the state and one of 13 cheer squads from across the US.

Sparklers-1This is the first time cheerleaders will be performing at the Special Olympics World Games.  The squads will cheer on athletes at various sports events, including basketball, aquatics, volleyball, soccer and more.  The Sparklers will also perform in the Opening Ceremonies and present a half-time routine. “We are honored to be part of such a big event and excited to attend,” Sparklers cheer coach Elizabeth Thompson said. “Most of our students have never attended anything this big before or traveled this far away from home.”

The Sparklers will stay at the University of Southern California’s Delta Gamma sorority house during their time in Los Angeles, and will also have an opportunity to tour Hollywood, Universal Studios and spend some time at the beach.

The school district is covering part of the cost of the trip, but the Sparklers will also be setting up a Go Fund Me account in the near future to raise the additional $12,000 needed for the students to attend the Games. More information will be posted on the district website as it becomes available.

In preparation for the Special Olympics World Games, the Unified Relay will travel through the city of Duncanville on Thursday, June 25. The relay will pass through all 50 states with the Flame of Hope arriving in Los Angeles for the start of the Games. The Sparklers plan to cheer as the flame passes through Duncanville. Click here for more information about the relay.