TODAY | November 05, 2013
>>> now to our special series hope to it. and a cheer leleading squad that inspires well beyond the playing field .
>> and this coach and team are bringing a can do spirit to their community. it's a beautiful fall day for football as the cheerleaders warm up the crowd. meet the husky's contenders, a group of special needs cheerleaders that perform at football game with other cheer leading squads. the contenders were founded by debbie .
>> there were kid with special needs in the school district . and i couldn't not do it.
>> reporter: three years later the squad doubled in size welcoming girls of all abilities.
>> the girls have special needs that are down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy .
>> one look at their smiling faces and it's clear they love being a part of this team.
>> i like to dance.
>> i like huskies and dance.
>> they changed my life.
>> and coach debbie agrees.
>> i love it. i love it. i feel that it gives me so much more than i give them. when they're with me, they have no problems and when i'm with them, i have no problems.
>> for the parents of these girls --
>> it's gratifying as a parent to see this and to have not just my daughter but all the girls participate.
>> most people look at our children and they see what they cannot do but when they work and work very hard as a team and they get up and perform, you get to see what they're able to do and it is fabulous.
>> reporter: cheerleaders inspiring long after the game is over.
>> and coach debbie hopes her team will encourage more schools to form special need squads across the country. what a great program that they started there.
>> good for debbie and good for that school. we hear all of these stories about bullying and people being mean.