The Sparkle Effect on Feel Good Friday

This is the day of the week when the post is a “feel good” piece about our community.

It could be a personal story of inspiration.  

A kudos for a job well done by a community or organization.

Basically, it makes you feel good and who doesn’t like to start their weekend feeling good. right.

Today’s story is near and dear to my heart.  It’s about cheerleading.

In 2008 a couple of cheerleaders decided to form a squad which included children with special needs. This inclusive squad they named the Sparkles.


The Sparkles cheer right along side the varsity cheerleaders at highschool sporting events. 

Isn’t that what we want for our kiddos. 

To be included and have everyday kid experiences like playing T-Ball or being a cheerleader.

No one could have dreamed what happened next.  Other cheerleaders heard about the program and wanted to form Sparkle squads of their own.  So was born the Sparkle Effect, A non-profit organization to support Sparkle squads that have cropped up all over the country.

All this from just a couple of young ladies that wanted to include others that were different from themselves.

Click here for information on how to start a Sparkle Squad in your area.

Yes, I was a cheerleader in high school.  I really think I just found my calling as an encourager early in life.

If you would like to share a story for Feel Good Fridays click the contact link.  I would love to share your Feel Good Friday Story with everyone here at The Special Marathon.

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One Response to The Sparkle Effect on Feel Good Friday

  1. Becca says:

    Love this. 🙂

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