Posted on October 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Monday, Oct 7 at 9:34 AM
EDMONDS, Wash. -- With football teams, it’s either win or lose. But on the sidelines of Edmonds Woodway High School football games, it’s a guaranteed win.
That’s because a few games a year, the Sparkles help the cheerleaders rouse the crowd. The Sparkles are a group of developmentally disabled girls who train and cheer alongside the varsity team.
“They embrace it from both ends and it’s just amazing,” said coach Bri Sturm, who brought the national program to Edmonds Woodway three years ago.”The conversations and friendships that develop out of this are phenomenal and life changing.”
For members of the squad, it’s just as much about the leading is it is about the cheer.
“It has definitely made me grow as a person,” said captain Alexis Martin. “Every day in the hallway I get to see them, they smile, they say ‘hi,’ and it just makes my day.”
Sturm says there is currently only one Sparkle Effect program in the state and thinks there is room for growth.