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Heart of the Game: Jacksonville Starz light up the city

10:54 PM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Cheerleaders usually root for one side or the other, but the Jacksonville Starz are cheering for the entire city! 

Paris Reddick certainly lives up to the name of her team: The Jacksonville STARZ!

The 10-year-old is one of 10 girls on the squad who cheer all over the city.

"It's great for her to be in the public eye, she loves to be in the spotlight," said her mom Makita Reddick.

The girls on the squad all have Down Syndrome. Reddick thinks it's good for other kids to see them in their element.

"It's nothing to be afraid of. They laugh, they play. They shake, just like any other children," she said. 

Coaches Morgan and Danielle thought up the idea three years ago, and their roster has been full ever since.

"It gives girls who have disabilities the chance to be active in their community, do a sport, do an extracurricular activity," said Danielle.

The Starz won their last competition and show no signs of slowing down.

"They have no limits. People think just because it's special needs, they don't do what they other teams do, but they do! They compete, they do everything," said Morgan. 

The Starz are lighting up the city ... one cheer at a time.

"I am a very proud mom to my daughter. She brings great joy to me," said Reddick. 

If you want to get involved with the team and these girls, the annual Buddy Walk is Saturday at 11:30am in Jacksonville Beach at the Seawalk Pavillion.

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