Award: Swede Johnson Spirit Award
Location/Affiliation: Grandview High School, Aurora
- Started Unified Cheerleading Program
- Never-Say-Die Attitude
Unified sports bring a special sense of support and inclusiveness to Colorado high schools. And, that’s what the Grandview High School unified cheerleading progam has brought to the Aurora school.
It’s all about teenagers encouraging other teenagers. Students without disabilities and students with disabilities all working together and cheering together.
Christina Maccarone founded the unified program at Grandview and has been named our Swede Johnson Spirit Award winner. Swede Johnson was a longtime supporter of the Sportswomen of Colorado organization as well as a businessman, sportsman, and community benefactor who inspired everyone with his “never-say-die” attitude.
Like Swede, Christina goes above and beyond to make sports and our world a better place. She’s been a teacher at Grandview for seven years and unified cheerleading is her recent contribution to the school.
When COVID-19 canceled all cheerleading competitions, Christina Maccarone still found a way to get her athletes ready to cheer for the football games and the boys and girls basketball games. Thank you, Christina for your unified spirit of inclusion.
Christina is the first coach to start a unified cheerleading program at Grandview High School. She has been a teacher at Grandview for seven years and just recently began her unified cheerleading program.
Covid canceled all cheerleading competitions, but Christina found a way to get her athletes ready to cheer for the football games, as well as the boys and girls basketball games. Christina has been awarded the Swede Johnson Spirit Award from Sportswomen of Colorado.
This award encompasses the “never-say-die” attitude. It honors and recognizes individuals within the sporting community that go above and beyond to create the world of sport a better place.