Cheerleaders Inspire Family

Cheerleaders Inspire Family

Cindy Downhour, Adviser

Push came to shove at cheerleading summer camp in Little Rock but not the way you would expect. The hotel lobby elevators were constantly packed with people trying to access them.
One family, who just happened to be staying at the hotel, noticed this more than anyone else there. Elizabeth, their daughter who has cerebral palsy, is in a wheelchair. Other cheerleaders would push their way inside the elevator without any thought to this sweet little girl.
When Coach Belz’s girls saw what was happening, they immediately allowed Elizabeth and her family to go in front of them and get on the elevator.
This impressed the family so much that they wanted to somehow thank the cheerleaders for their kindness. There was just one problem, though. They didn’t know where the cheerleaders were from. One day, the mother was searching through Facebook and noticed the same teenage girls in green shirts and white bows, made some contacts, and eventually found out they were from Alma.
She contacted Belz to tell her how much the gesture meant and then drove more than an hour to surprise the team with cupcakes and a “thank you.” Visit Lifewithelizabeth.org, the blog of Elizabeth’s mom. Little acts of kindness can go a long way and mean more to someone than we might think.
By the way, the girls did an amazing job at cheer camp, said Belz. The cheerleaders won first place in routine competition and chant, received the Herkie Team Award (an award voted on by camp instructors to the team that works well together and encourages others), qualified for Nationals, and 10 of the girls made All-American. In addition, two girls from the team received separate awards. Senior Audrey France won the individual leadership award and was asked to try out for the National Cheerleaders Association staff. Junior Addison Bell won Top Gun Jumps and made Top All-American.