Dare to Cheer Camp with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders

Dare to Cheer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation launched the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Camp for individuals with Down syndrome in the summer of 2010. It is affiliated, and runs simultaneously, with the Dare to Play Football Camp with Ed McCaffrey.

The philosophy of the Dare to Cheer program is to provide children and adults with Down syndrome a choice. For some participants, the camp provides a springboard of confidence whereby they then enroll in other cheerleading camps where the participants are “typical.” For others, the safety, therapy, and social networking of the camp means this will be their sole cheer camp or an addition to the typical camp they are already enrolled in.

At the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Camp, individuals (females and males) ages 8 and up are welcome to join and learn cheerleading routines, participate in drills, practice dance moves, and experience team-building activities. Since its inception, the Dare to Cheer camps have served nearly 300 people with Down syndrome and twice as many people from the community. The camp provides an opportunity for people with Down syndrome to showcase what they can do. You can help support this program by donating to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. $125 covers a Denver Broncos cheerleading uniform and poms.

The Dare to Cheer Camp with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders is aligned with the Dare to Play Football Camp with Ed McCaffrey and generously co-organized by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. This program has 3 practices that culminate with a Football Game Day held at Valor Christian High School. During the game and at halftime, the campers get to show off their skills to an audience of more than 400 people.

If you are interested in enrolling in the camp, attending Game Day, volunteering, or learning more, please contact us at programs@globaldownsyndrome.org.

2014 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Game Day

Meet the 2014
Camp Coaches and Instructors

2014 Corporate Sponsors

Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos Cheerleaders

Valor Athletics

Sports Eddy

Sports and Spine

In-Kind Donors

Cici’s Pizza
Einstein Bros Bagels
Mimi’s Cafe
Pasta Jay’s
Denver Athletic
Happy Cakes
Ice Mountain Mist


John Ditirro
Erica Porter


Ryan Gonzales

Dare to Play CBS 4
CBS 4 News Denver highlights Global’s Dare to Play

Dare to Play 9News
Ed McCaffrey talks to 9News about Global’s Dare to Play

Denver Broncos TV
Denver Broncos TV spotlights Dare to Play- See Video

Denver Broncos features Dare to Play Game Day- See Pics and Read the Article

CBS 4 News Denver, Photos from Game Day

Highlands Ranch Herald

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation was proud to partner with the fabulous Denver Broncos Cheerleaders for the Dare to Cheer Camp and Ed McCaffrey for the Dare to Play Camp Game Day!

Hundreds of fans cheered on camp participants with Down syndrome as they took the field with celebrity coaches Ed McCaffrey, Orlando Franklin, Malik Jackson, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and more!

The Game was kicked off by the The Denver Broncos Thunderstorm jump group as they skydived into the football stadium.

The Valor Christian High School Eagles football players served as “Pals” for football camp participants with Down syndrome. The Eagles have won five consecutive state football championships.

After the game there was a large community celebration party with food, beverages, music and other fun activities.