And few know the weight of words like these particular cheerleaders.
“There’s a lot of places where people like my daughter are told no. You don’t belong here – we can’t work with you – you don’t fit here,” Coach Crystal Wells said.
No. Two tiny letters with soul crushing power.
“There’s a lot of that her whole life,” said Wells. “This place is not one of those places.”
This place is a house of “yes.”
What a word for this troupe of Special Olympics cheerleaders.
“When Catherine was born, there was a list of things she would not be able to do,” Beth Lopez said of her 26-year-old daughter, one of the members of Liberty Cheer from Midlothian.
A list of limitations that changed with encouragement.
In a word, Liberty Cheerleaders are changing the definition of “special needs.”
Let’s try on a few more words – fortitude, strength, courage.
“Catherine is the epitome of persistence. She is not going to give up.”
Support, inspiration, reassurance. Inclusion, family, devotion.
And the greatest of them all — love.
“It’s hard for me to not cry, because I’m so excited to see all the things my child has learned,” Lopez said.
This is a place to find your own voice. No more “no.” All yes.