Team Liberty Cheer Justice, representing the Ellis County United Special Olympics delegation, won gold in the unified intermediate division for the second year in a row at the event held Feb. 1 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center in Dallas.

Cheerleading became a recognized Special Olympics sport in Texas in 2018 with the first state competition held in 2019. This year, the National Cheerleading Association hosted the event and Team Liberty competed as a unified team, coupling athletes with and without disabilities on the same stage, according to a press release.

During the awards ceremony, NCA gave special recognition to Liberty Cheer Justice for their community service and presented the team with NCA’s #GoBeGreat awards patches and certificate.

Ellis County United is a county-wide delegation for year-round support of athletic opportunities in several sports for individuals with disabilities.

For more information contact Dr. Jennifer Smolka at 214-228-7988.