FCA Cheer Exceptional Athletes - CheerABILITIES
in partnership with USASF

USASF_EA_LogoPlaying sports at any level can be a key part of a young person’s development and have a lasting impact on their life. Among its many benefits, being involved in athletics develops friendships, independence, confidence, mental focus, and, of course, physical fitness. Sports can teach valuable lessons about grit, discipline, teamwork  and, most importantly, the respect that comes with inclusion. These benefits are universal for all individuals, including those with disabilities. That’s the goal of USASF’s Exceptional Athlete Division —  to empower individuals with disabilities with an “I can do” attitude.

The USASF has carefully designed the CheerABILITIES Program for the Exceptional Athlete that:

  • is safe, fun and good exercise

  • improves flexibility and strength

  • enhances independence and self-confidence

  • provides a place for positive social interaction

  • provides peer support and shared experiences among families

Coaches who give so much more
The USASF provides rules, safety guidelines and specialized training for coaches and assistants of CheerABILITIES teams. These coaches do more than help athletes learn new skills - they create opportunities for better integration in the larger community and help guide them toward self-acknowledgement.

Let’s get started!
Make sure your athlete has the go-ahead from his or her physician to participate in All Star Cheer and Dance. The USASF highly recommends your athlete get a physical from a physician to include a heart screening. With proper guidance, safety precautions and activity adaptations, the risk of injury to varied-abled athletes is no greater than that to athletes without disabilities.

Celebrate successes
Acknowledge not just victories, but progress on- and off-the-floor. Celebrate the little steps:  the tries, the stick-with-it-ness, the social connections, the can do attitude! Every step is different for each individual.

Self-acknowledgement comes from our own definitions of success and from what really makes us happy. It comes from that place inside us, that internal voice, that tells us “I did well” 
- Coaching for Coaches by Maria Paredes


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