Special Needs Cheer
Ultimate Athletics Gems is in their 4th season as a special needs cheer team. This team is comprised of athletes ages 5 and above of varying abilities. We accept children of all disabilities and levels of functioning.
The team practices 1x/week for 2 hour sessions running from June-March. During practices they work on fine and gross motor, self-esteem, team interactions and language skills through activities aimed at developing a comprehensive cheer routine. The team learns the same routine sections as the competitive cheer teams do: jumps, motions, dance, stunts, pyramid, tumbling. The routine is tailored to the abilities of each individual athlete so that all athletes can participate to the full extent of their abilities.
Each athlete is assigned a ‘buddy’ athlete from within our competitive cheer program to help them learn the routine and improve their skills. Gems compete at 7 local competitions and 2 travel competitions during the course of their season.
The Gems team is coached by a USASF (United States AllStar Federation) coach as well as a coach with training in the special needs population.
Practices are Sundays from 2-4pm at Ultimate Athletics in Wauconda, IL.
Cost of program: $30/month for monthly fees and a yearly $35 insurance fee. At this point all other program expenses are donated by generous businesses.
We welcome athletes to come to a practice at no cost to determine if this program fits their needs. For more information please contact Jenny at 847-487-6500 x26.