SO CHEER - Cheer for Special Olympics

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SO CHEER, Cheer for Special Olympics, is a sideline cheer program for cheerleaders with and without intellectual disabilities. It is a self-funded group created for unified and special needs cheer teams in the United States and around the globe. SO CHEER’s purpose is to attend Special Olympics sports competitions and events at the state, national, and global level to cheer on the athletes competing in various sports and energize the fans. SO CHEER’s mission is to demonstrate our cheerleaders skills and abilities, raise awareness about Special Olympics, and spread CHEER. The cheerleaders provide a meaningful and memorable experience for Special Olympics athletes and fans.

The number of SO CHEER participants vary at each event. Cheer teams that participate include:  Special Olympics, Allstar cheer performance, Challenger Cheer, and independent teams.

SO CHEER was established by cheer volunteers from Special Olympics Maryland. The Organizing Committee includes: Darian Packard - Commissioner; Ginger Houston-Ludlam - Program Director; Meghan Young - Head Coach, and Dekeda Brown - Head Coach.

Special Olympics International currently does not recognize cheerleading as a sport. However, many States in the USA with Special Olympics have cheer programs that compete at the annual Special Olympics State Games.