Following on from the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Special Olympics and the International Cheer Union at the AGM in 2018, the 2019 ICU World Cheerleading Championships will see a Competitive Cheer Division for the first time.
Six divisions are now offered in the Special Abilities section, including:
Unified Intermediate, Traditional Intermediate, Unified Pom, Traditional Pom, Unified Hip Hop and Traditional Hip Hop.
Unified teams integrate special abilities athletes with non-special abilities athletes, while traditional teams are comprised of entirely special abilities athletes.
It’s an exciting development for cheerleading, not only for all athletes and families involved but also on the path towards our Olympic journey as a sport. Cheerleading is experiencing tremendous growth in visibility and participation globally, and we are excited to see an expanded competition in the Special Abilities division at the 2019 ICU World Championships.
All Special Olympics cheer teams are invited to apply by video by 21st Januray 2019. Submissions should be sent to Darian Packard at firstname.lastname@example.org