ODT Inspire looking to compete at nationals
Oregon Dream Teams Inspire members are athletes with special needs who participate in cheer. Now, local team members are looking for a little support to get to the United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals this Saturday and Sunday in Anaheim, Calif.
To help, visit https://gofund.me/oregon-dream-teams-inspire.
"Raising someone who experiences disabilities is expensive, and we want to make sure we can offer this opportunity to compete to any athlete that is part of the team," says ODT Inspire Director Tiffanie Quatraro.
The big trip involves booking flights and bringing volunteers, she says, and every athlete needs the right apparel and training to compete.
ODT is a gym that serves all different levels of athletes on competitive cheer and dance teams. ODT Inspire is a nonprofit team that launched in 2013 and is for athletes with special needs, ages 5 and older.
ODT Inspire's mission is to use "cheerleading as a vehicle to access your athlete and mentor them through the complexities of teamwork, reliability, dependability and sportsmanship," Quatraro says.
One of the co-head coaches may be a familiar face: Claudia Herrera, a Lake Oswego High School grad.
"I started as a volunteer, when we only had four athletes, and it has been amazing to see how the team has grown over the last couple of years," Herrera says.
Her brother, LOHS junior Irvin Herrera, is one of Inspire's 21 members. Other locals on the team are LOHS senior Hannah Pebley and Lake Oswego resident Alex Schollman.
The fundraiser is for all students on the team, and the fundraising season to support the group is rapidly approaching.
"We're fundraising to make sure nothing is impeding opportunities for their growth or enriching experiences that they deserve," Quatraro says.