Monday, July 4, 2011

The Sparkle Effect

What is The Sparkle Effect?

This innovative student-run program encourages teens nationwide to include students with disabilities in high-school cheerleading programs. An on-line Quick-Start kit, grants for uniforms, and free on-site training makes starting a squad easy and fun! The result: students with disabilities experience true acceptance and gain confidence as high-school students inspire entire communities to embrace inclusion.

 Do you want to start a team?

You are taking the first step toward starting your own cheerleading squad for students with disabilities. Although we originally created our squad, the Spartan Sparkles (, so that we might play a part in enhancing social, communication, and physical skills in students with disabilities, we now see the tremendous positive effects that our Sparkles have had on us, our entire student body, and our community.

It's exciting to know that cheerleaders like you will soon experience "The Sparkle Effect" as you seize this amazing, life-changing opportunity.

We are confident that this Quick-Start kit will give you all of the information and tools you will need to start your own squad. Rest assured, we stand ready to answer questions and provide guidance to you every step of the way. We plan to generate at least one hundred new high-school based squads for students with disabilities in the next two years. The outcome of the Sparkle Effect will be profound: One hundred new "Sparkles" programs (that's just two more in each state) will touch more than 1,000 special-needs students and their families. This will move the hearts and consciousness of 500,000 students and millions of neighbors, and will ultimately change game night in America forever. Remember, when everyone cheers, everyone wins.

That's the Sparkle Effect. Let's get started!

Sarah Cronk
Sarah Herr
Co-founders, The Sparkle Effect

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