KC Cheer Special Needs Team: Firecrackers

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We are honored to announce our first ever special needs cheerleading team for the 2017-2018 season.  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 are no tuition fees 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.

Clinic and Parent Meeting: July 11

Please join us on July 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. to learn about this great opportunity for your athlete. Athletes will participate in a clinic with mentors while parents meet with staff about important details, such as uniform cost and competition schedule.

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.

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!"

Nicholette Redfern-Morgan is an alumni of KC Cheer with 12 years of cheerleading and gymnastics coaching experience. She holds her USASF certification through Level 4 and is a Certified Special Olympics Coach. Coach Nicholette has cheered at the Recreational, Jr. High, All-Star, and Collegiate Level with a combined total of more than 21 years of cheering and coaching experience. She is originally from Olathe, KS and graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Nicholette is also a USAG Professional Member, USAG Safety Certified, has a Positive Coaching Alliance Certification and a USAG U100 Certification. 

Azsure Alderson has been involved in cheerleading for 15 years and has a lifetime of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She is certified to coach and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Camp Guardian, a free special needs camp hosted by Missouri Veterans and their families. Azsure has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award the past two years for involvement in her community working with Special Needs children and their families.  She is also actively involved with Special Olympics.

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 or just want to know more about this new team, please complete the Firecrackers Mentor Application and return to Kristi Whitney at KC Cheer by Saturday, July 1, 2017.

We will discuss the program and all that it entails at the informational meeting on the 11th. Don't miss this great volunteer opportunity and a chance to help others.

Special Needs Program Events