Kids bring new meaning to cheerleading
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The Primetime Wings gather once a week at Primetime Cheer. The team caters to kids with special needs, and is one of two programs in the Austin area.
"When you see them, you will see the joy that they will bring you," Primetime Cheer owner Cindy Allison said.
Allison added the program to Primetime Cheer three years ago. It used to be free, but the gym no longer has the income to cover the program. Allison says she feels bad asking her parents for $15 a month.
"We have single parent households, we have kids with high costly medical issues," she said.
The friendships are one reason parents sign their kids up. Ursula King thought the program would be a good substitute for P.E., since she home schools her son Aiden. He's been cheering for more than a year. In that time, he's developed new skills.
"When he's following one and two step directions, that's always a plus because he has a hard time focusing and they get him going and focused and he's able to do the routines," King said.
The cheer routines are part of these kids' weekly activities and this instructor will do whatever it takes to keep the program in place.
"I just don't feel like anybody should not be able to cheer if they want to cheer, so we do our best," Allison said.
The Wings's next competition is Jan. 12 at Leander High School.