Cheer Xpress is proud to be one of the only gyms in the state of Nebraska that has a performance cheer team for children with special needs! The SUNSHINE cheer program was started in June 2010 and has quickly grown to become a huge success! The teams perform at local events & competitions in the Lincoln & Omaha area and were named National Champions in 2012, 2013 & 2014! Each member of the Sunshine team has a member of one of the Cheer Xpress competition teams to help as their friend, mentor and teammate at practices & performances. The teams work on cheers, dance, jumps, stunts, basic tumbling, strength and conditioning. The Sunshine cheer team won many medals and trophies during their first season and were even a featured news story on the Channel 10/11 News!
“I took many special education classes in college and was very excited to coach our program for children with special needs! Many of our Sunshine students started out as being very shy and afraid to be in front of people. We have seen a huge jump in their confidence and social skills! The team has not only helped them with their cheer skills but they have found new friends & mentors and the teachers at their schools have noticed a change in them! “– Courtney Capoun, CX Co-Owner
Sunshine Cheer Team
Girls & Boys, Grades 4th-12th, practice once a week for 1 hour during the school year. Tuition for the Sunshine Team is $55/month. Scholarship opportunities available. Contact CX for more info. Sunshine is offered once a week during the school year: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm.
Sunshine Little Rays Team
Girls & Boys, Grades Pre-School through 3rd Grade. This team is formed when we have at least 5 younger cheerleaders interested in the team!
“I started the Sunshine team originally for my niece, Natalie and her friends from school with special needs, but have learned that our student helpers have also grown a lot from this program. The Sunshine program has taught our students patience, acceptance, compassion and what it means to be a mentor and friend! This is an amazing group to work with and we always have a waiting list of volunteer helpers! I am still brought to tears at almost every performance to see the crowd give the Sunshine team a standing ovation!” – Karen Capoun, CX Owner