Video: Mentor Sparkles Cheerleading Squad Prepares for Its Debut Tonight

The Mentor Sparkes, a cheerleading squad made up of students who have special needs, will get a chance to show their stuff at the homecoming game tonight

A new squad will join the cheerleaders tonight at the homecoming game.

The Mentor Sparkles are a cheerleading squad of students with special needs. They have been practicing with the other cheerleaders to get ready for their big debut.

Cheerleading coach Heather Ambrus had the idea for the Sparkles, but it is cheerleader Rachael Stevens who has spearheaded their practices.

Mary Ann Kasten, grandmother of Sparkle Jimmy Dahlhausen, said the group has helped her grandson focus and express himself.

"He's so into it. It really gives him a chance to sparkle, so the name is appropriate," Kasten said.

After homecoming, the Sparkles will continue to cheer at home football and basketball games, Stevens said. 

Donna Milnes September 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM
What a wonderful program. This is the news that makes me as a parent and Mentor resident very proud. Keep up the good work. Go Mentor!
Mary Jo Stack September 23, 2011 at 01:27 PM
This is fantastic! Hope the Sparkles shine tonight!
Autism September 23, 2011 at 01:51 PM
You can bet they will Shine, they are all so awesome!!! I am so proud to say that my daughters are part of this wonderful group.. I would like to say a special Thank you to the cheerleaders who are teaching this special group, their coaches and Mentor Public Schools


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