A Nebraska girl born with incomplete arms and no legs has finally achieved her dream of being a cheerleader – thanks to a high school coach about 800 miles away.
Julia Sullivan, 16, of Aurora, and her family traveled last week to Portland (Michigan) High School at the invitation of Portland cheerleading coach Linda Fox, who had Sullivan join her varsity squad for Friday’s homecoming football game.
It was the first time that Julia, who tried out for her high school’s squad in Nebraska three times without success, had cheered on a team in public, CNN affiliate WILX reported.
“I love to get the crowd going, and (I’m) just … excited (to) show the world what I can do,” she told WILX.
Fox said she’d read about Julia’s efforts to join her squad in Aurora.
“I was surfing the Internet and came on Julia’s story, and I was very inspired,” Fox told WILX. “I brought it to the team, and they challenged me to do something.”
Julia and her parents, Mike and Carolyn Sullivan, flew to Michigan at their own expense, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Julia, wearing a modified Portland High School cheerleading uniform, cheered on the sidelines from her chair, and participated in the final stunt with the help of the team, to the applause of students in the stands, according to the Ionia (Michigan) Sentinel-Standard.
“I brought it to the team, and they challenged me to do something.”
Look, I am happy that she has spirit, "you go girl!" , but if she cant do the cheer leading duties then she can not be a cheerleader.
For several years my kid's high school band had this kid who has mental problems and who can not walk banging away at a drum periodically (because he could not keep rhythm), it was so pathetic, and it ruined the sound of everyone else. I asked my daughter WTF he was doing there when he cant do anything useful for the band.....she said that because of politics there was nothing anyone could do about it, he wanted to be there so everyone else had no choice but to let him bang away as they were trying to play.
Yeah, and maybe the Make a Wish Foundation is discriminating against kids who don't have a terminal disease.
That is a charity - this is a public school.
The purpose of cheerleading is cheerleading.
If they had kicked someone off the team to make room, I'd feel differently.
It seems like you are saying that there is a bar for cheerleading and no one who ever fails to clear it will ever be allowed to cheer.
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You must have hated that movie "Rudy" where the waterboy gets to play in the last game. The idea of the person without all the physical gifts overcoming obstacles and getting the reward due to hard work and drive is a classic story.