KC Cheer Cheer Abilities Team: Firecrackers


 Since our inception in 1999, KC Cheer has been dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for everyone who walks through our doors. This has been a dream of ours since then, and we are excited to finally have the qualified personnel and community interest to add this team to the KC Cheer family.  We are looking for boys and girls ages 4 and up to be part of the Firecrackers!

There will be a small monthly tuition for the special athlete program, which will be run by educated, certified professionals, listed below.

This is an opportunity for your athlete to compete in a division alongside their peers at all-star competitions.  Athletes will perform an all-star routine choreographed with stunting, tumbling and dance.

The season runs from August to March, and the team will practice once a week for one hour.

Register your athlete

  1. Visit the "register for class" section under the "classes" tab of the website

  2. Create an account

  3. Click on classes “Firecrackers” to register your athlete

Registration is FREE, and signs you up for team practices.

We also ask that you fill out the information sheet about your athlete. Click here for the Athlete Information Sheet

Special Athlete Program Directors

Christy Hill is so excited to be a part of the launch of KC Cheer's special needs team. She has worked with special needs children for many years and says she is "thrilled for this opportunity!" Christy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Ottawa University and her Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She currently works as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the Blue Valley School District.

"My daughter Kate has been in the gym for 14 years and I could not have asked for a better cheer family. The values and morals of the owners and staff have been invaluable to my family, and I am so excited to be a part of that family and work with your child."

Christi Gottschalk graduated from Kansas State with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art.  She earned a Master's in Education from Friends University and a Leadership Certification from Baker University.  Christi taught elementary school for 10 years and has been an elementary principal for more 10 years in the Olathe School District, where she currently works today. She has many years of experience with children with special needs and is very excited to be a part of the Firecracker team!

"My daughter Claire joined the KC Cheer family last year and all the coaches and families have been very welcoming.  The coaches want the best the for all the athletes in the gym. I love cheer and want to share the excitement of performing with all children who want to experience it!"

Firecracker Mentors

We are looking for volunteers to help mentor our Special Needs Athletes. These mentor positions are open to KC Cheer Athletes, tumbling class participants, friends and family members.

If you are interested in being a Mentor for this season please complete the attached application and return it by August 10.  We will announce the mentors who are selected on August 18.

If you are interested or just want to know more about this new team, please complete the Firecrackers Mentor Application and return to Kristi Whitney at KC Cheer.

We will discuss the program and all that it entails at the informational meeting. Don't miss this great volunteer opportunity and a chance to help others.

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