Many times, student-athletes are given an opportunity to go above and beyond the call of duty and make an impact on something greater than their respective team.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point cheer and stunt team has been doing just that by helping a group called the Dream team accomplish their goal of auditioning for America’s Got Talent.
With assistance on stunts and choreography from UWSP cheer, the Dream team is a special needs cheerleading team that competes in cheer competitions around Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Jacob Szaniawski, junior public relations major and cheer team member, has been helping the Dream team get ready for their big audition.
“We worked on this since September and it was very stressful, but the end result was all worth it,” Szaniawski said.
A video of a routine performed last year was sent to America’s Got Talent from a member of the team in hopes they would receive a chance to audition for an upcoming show.
After patiently waiting, the team finally received a reply saying the Dream team had been selected to audition in Chicago on Nov. 12.
“We all kind of screamed,” said Dream mentor Meghan Cook. “It’s amazing being able to show America what people with disabilities can do.”
When it came time to audition, the Dream team performed a cheer and stunt routine that featured every member throughout the performance.
After displaying their talents in front of judges, mentors for the team felt the audition went better than they could have asked for and their months of hard training had successfully paid off.
“It went perfectly. All the stunts hit at the same time,” Cook said.
Outside of the audition of a lifetime, the team had the opportunity to visit Cloud Gate, or “the famous bean,” in Millennium Park. Afterwords, they ventured into the Rainforest Cafe for a celebratory team dinner to conclude the trip.
Whether it be for an America’s Got Talent audition or just a regular showcase, UWSP cheer and stunt has acted as a big support group for Dream members who will find out in January if they make the April show.
Next up for the team is a performance at the Lumberjack Showcase held at Wausau East High School on Dec. 17.
Visit Wisconsin Extreme Dream Team on Facebook for more information and other upcoming performances for the Dream team.