HARLINGEN — From their bright yellow bows, shiny pom-poms and white and blue uniforms that sport their team name, Sparks Cheerleaders always look forward to performing their latest routines.
For the past two years, Spark Cheerleaders from the Capable Kids Foundation Lower Valley nonprofit organization have performed at many community events throughout the area.
But as the years continue to go by and the cheerleaders continue to get older, the need for new uniforms grows stronger.
Members of the Lower Valley Sparks Cheerleaders are seeking individual or business sponsors for their poster fundraiser to buy new uniforms next year.
In addition to sponsorships, Capable Kids Foundation Lower Valley Program Director Stephanie Wilson said those with cheer experience are always welcome to volunteer and help Sparks Cheerleaders practice and work on choreography.
Like with every program with Capable Kids, Wilson said the nonprofit wants to give kids of all abilities the same opportunities that kids without disabilities have.
“A lot of our kids might be in a wheelchair or are nonverbal, but they still love being in the spotlight just like other cheerleaders do,” she said. “So it’s a great way to give them the opportunity and people really enjoy seeing them perform.”
Currently, the team has about 21 cheerleaders.
Wilson said they are also great ambassadors for what Capable Kids does.
“They really get out there and show the public what they are capable of,” she said. “They participate, they love it and they’re all capable of being a part of the Sparks Cheerleading program.”
TO BECOME A SPONSOR
• Each poster costs $50.
• Individuals or businesses interested in purchasing a poster can email Capable Kids Foundation Lower Valley Program Director Stephanie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (956) 929-2063.
• In addition to sponsorships, volunteers are needed to help Sparks Cheerleaders practice and work on choreography.