This Teenager With Down Syndrome Is Taking the Cheerleading World by Storm, and We're Inspired
For 13-year-old Audrey Chisholm — a flyer on the cheerleading squad who also happens to have Down syndrome — the sky is truly the limit. After her squad won nationals, her mom Jody Chisholm spoke about how life-changing her daughter's cheerleading experience has been ever since she joined a team for children with special needs at age 5.
"I get choked up when I tell people about this experience," Jody told POPSUGAR. "I love to see Audrey this happy and with so many friends surrounding her. My heart is full of joy! While I love this for Audrey, I also admire every one of her peers for their selfless actions. Together, they are making this a better world for people with different abilities."
"Together, they are making this a better world for people with different abilities."
Although Audrey has met tons of friends through her various cheerleading teams, there were some bumps in the road due to a coaching change.
"She was successful [on one team] until a coaching change, and then she was excluded from competing even though the event had accommodations for athletes with disabilities," said Jody. "It was an ugly battle and we left brokenhearted. We were introduced to her current coaches three years ago and the experience had been a complete 180 change."