Cheerleader with Down syndrome attends the Citrus Bowl pre-game ceremony

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) — The college football post season continues today with the Citrus Bowl being played in Orlando, Florida. A cheerleader from West Alabama will be part of the pregame celebrations.

WBRC spoke with Markeceia Erby and her mother Carolyn Roshell-Erby before they left for the Citrus Bowl. “Kecie”, short for Markeceia, is a senior attending Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa. This 18 year old lady was born with Down Syndrome and she has been participating in cheerleading since middle school. Kecia was part of the 2022 Alabama Special Olympics United Cheerleading Team competing in Orlando in July.

Monday morning, she will participate in another unified cheerleading event to get fans excited before the game. “I’m so excited. This is my first opportunity to be at the Citrus Bowl.

The family drove from Tuscaloosa Friday morning to get to Orlando in time for cheerleading practice for the game.

“It does my heart good. She is a person who really comes out when people actually give her that opportunity and someone tries to make sure that she does her best,” said Carolyn Roshell-Erby.

The Cheez-It Citrus Bowl kicks off at noon today in Orlando.

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