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Jay H. Hoffmeier, of Burke, head coach of the Northern Virginia Special Olympics Gymnastics group, with volunteer assistant coach, Keiko Vonack, whose sons, both of whom are autistic, cheer on the team. Their first performance was held Friday, Jan. 11, during halftime of the girls' basketball game at WSHS.

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Special Olympics “Cheer Team” wows crowd with high-energy performance.

Like many girls, Jacquelyn Hoffmeier of Burke always wanted to be a cheerleader. The 25-year-old, born with Down Syndrome, finally got her chance to perform on Friday, Jan. 11. Hoffmeier, along with seven of her Special Olympics teammates, cheered and danced before a crowd of nearly 200 parents and students during halftime at the West Springfield High School girls’ basketball game.


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