TAMPA – Lisa Crosby works hard at her job in the pediatric department at St. Joseph’s Hospital, working with kids who struggle daily while trying to grin and bear everyday challenges. Their struggles have had a profound effect on Crosby, motivating her to do something outside of the hospital to make similar children happy.
So she is starting a free cheerleading program for kids with special needs at Stars Athletics, 4543 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Stars Athletics is a competitive cheerleading gym and it takes winning seriously, but Crosby said this is about fun and letting the kids have a chance to experience something they wouldn’t enjoy otherwise.
“We aren’t in this to compete,” Crosby said. “The kids will get awards for competing and that will mean something to them. I know that when I get to see them in competition on stage, that will be an incredible feeling.”
The idea came to her when she saw cheerleaders training at Stars Athletics .
“We aren’t in this to compete, but we can make a difference,” Crosby said. “It’s just about giving the kids a chance to do something they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.”
Crosby has worked with challenged children, but never on the cheerleading level. She hopes to have a program together by June.
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