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OUR IMPACT

220

TEAMS

31

STATES

10K

STUDENTS

To date, The Sparkle Effect has generated and supported over 220 teams in 31 states that have directly involved over 10,000 students with and without disabilities. Over 90% of our team advisers agree that, since starting a Sparkle Effect Team . . .

"These young men and women have probably heard 'no' so much in their lives. We are saying, 'Yes, you can. Join us!'"

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - PLATTEVILLE

 

OUR INCLUSIVE MODEL

Too often, cheer or dance teams that involve students with disabilities create a model where students practice infrequently, wear shorts and t-shirts rather than uniforms, and never receive the experience most students live for: the opportunity to lead their communities under the Friday night lights.


At The Sparkle Effect, we believe that students with and without disabilities share the same need for a genuine

team. That's why our teams involve a long-term commitment, a drive to build skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively with teammates over a period of time. Sparkle Effect teams create an Inclusive, Intensive, and Immersive experience for all of our student participants.

Students with and without disabilities are invited to our teams as equals. Every member of the team exists somewhere on the broad spectrum of ability. The team plays to its strengths and modifies around challenges. Students with and without disabilities on our teams learn from one another and collaboratively seek solutions to challenges.

INCLUSIVE

Skill-building and the formation of genuine friendships take time. Our teams practice at least two times per week and perform throughout a school’s fall and winter sports seasons. By consistently investing time for practices and performances, team members create opportunities for growth in self-confidence,communication, and understanding.

INTENSIVE

Our participants are highly engaged with their teams. And, teams are fully integrated into a school’s sports programming. This is important because, in countless towns across America, high school sports are the main event. As our inclusive teams perform, they shine a big, bright spotlight on the richness that comes from inclusion. 

IMMERSIVE

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