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MTX Heart is a Competitive Cheerleading Squad for Special Needs boys and girls located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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15% of every order (b4 S&H and Tax) will be donated to MTX Heart. Please order by 11/11/13.

15% of every order before shipping and tax will be donated to MTX Heart.

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Please email with your order (Be sure to mention it's for MTX HEART) including your payment preference (Credit/Debit Card via PayPal or Check/Money Order). You will receive an email in response with your total purchase price and where to send your payment. Your order will be shipped via FedEx directly to you.

15% of every order (b4 S&H and Tax) will be donated to MTX Heart.

Orders must be placed by 11/11/13.

The girls and coaches and parents of MTX HEART Thank you!!!!!

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MTX Heart Reaches the Beach

By Ann Mead Ash

Five members of the Manheim Township Extreme MTX Heart cheerleading squad recently attended the United States Reach the Beach national competition in Virginia Beach, Va., in May. All five members and their accompanying coaches returned to Lancaster County sporting jackets from the event.

The MTX Heart squad, which exists to serve girls and boys ages 8 through 20 with special needs, recently completed its second season of existence. The squad was formed by MTX director Crystal Weaver with help from Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center. Weaver had hoped to form a squad for youngsters with special needs ever since a York cheering organization brought one of its squads to the Big Blue Battle cheer competition that Weaver organizes annually at Manheim Township High School (MTHS).

"When these kids (from York) took the floor, nothing else mattered," explained Weaver. "From that point on, I wanted to form a team (for youths with special needs), but I didn't know how to go about it."

With help from Schreiber, Weaver was able to make that happen two years ago. "It just bloomed from their first year," exclaimed Weaver, who signed up seven young ladies, who have been diagnosed with a variety of other disabilities including sensory issues, to form the squad.

Since that time, the squad has gained four junior coaches, and the members have begun to take part in competitions. During their second season, members of the squad competed in the Keystone competition in Lancaster in February, the Big Blue Battle at MTHS, the annual Penn Manor competition, and the LIVE competition held in Philadelphia in March.

Directing the squad has not been without challenges for Weaver. "The first time I dealt with (a squad member’s) meltdown, I didn't know what to do," she said. She has also struggled with the complexities of putting together a team with different types of disabilities. Fortunately, several high school-age coaches volunteered to help. Junior coaches Lexi Quick, Brynn Henry, Taylor Mihaljevic, and Sarah Anderson became indispensable assets to Weaver as she worked to mesh the members of the team into a unified group. "(The four junior coaches) came up with a routine," she stated. "They were amazing, and they deserve all the credit."

Weaver said that she has come to appreciate the love that the team members have for the sport. "I've learned that they can overcome anything, and they do," she said. "Nothing can make your day like watching them on stage at finals in front of more than 3,000 people with smiles on their faces." Although the squad's routine is not complicated, Weaver has been impressed with the group’s spirit and determination. "We are happy to have them out there on the floor, and they're just so happy to be up there," she said. "At the end of the day, that's what it's about."

Both boys and girls are invited to take part in the program, which will begin its fall session on Sunday, Sept. 8. Readers who would like to learn more about the program may or call 669-3178.