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Friday Night Lights: High School Cheerleaders Unite After Fatal Texas Bus Crash



By Skyler Warrick

On Dec. 2, 2016, Iraan defeated Munday in the Texas Class 2A DII State Quarterfinal in Colorado City, Texas. Following the football game, however, a semi tractor-trailer crashed into the Iraan cheer bus, which was carrying six cheerleaders and two sponsors.

Elizabeth Pope, the junior high cheer sponsor, was killed in the crash while seven others were injured.

Over 700 cheerleaders from across the state of Texas filled Shotwell Stadium in Abilene to support Iraan in the state semifinals.

This is what the evening looked like.


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As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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