IMAGES Louisville Down Syndrome performs with Colts cheerleaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Louisville members with Down syndrome got a unique opportunity to perform with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders during halftime of Sunday’s game.

Indiana Down Syndrome has performed with cheerleaders for years, and this year they invited Louisville Down Syndrome to join them.

Members of DSL’s Boogie Down Crew practiced their routine with the cheerleaders at their practice facility last week.

Early on Sunday morning, the members could practice on the field. Halftime featured a superhero theme and music centered around members of DSL and DSI.

“It was just so fitting with the superhero theme. They really embody all the qualities,” said former Colts cheerleader Rachel Janitz. “They have this tenacity and joy and fight. We couldn’t imagine anyone else to share this day with.”

The boogie down team was originally started to encourage healthy movement, but has become more of a public outreach and advocacy group.

They perform throughout the community, but Sunday’s performance was definitely their biggest yet.

“It’s exciting to go to an NFL game and watch your daughter do halftime,” said Clint Parks, a parent at DSL.

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