Sarah Cronk is a nationally recognized speaker, social entrepreneur, and advocate for people with disabilities.
Sarah’s early interest in disability inclusion was inspired by her older brother Charlie, who is on the autism spectrum. At just fifteen years old, Sarah helped to create and coach the nation’s first school-based inclusive cheer team. More than thirteen years later, The Pleasant Valley High School Spartan Sparkles of Bettendorf, Iowa, continue to cheer for packed crowds and shine a bright spotlight on inclusion in the process.
A year later, Sarah launched Generation Spirit, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating inclusive spirit teams in schools nationwide. Since 2009, Generation Spirit has created over 225 inclusive teams in 31 states that have directly involved over 20,000 students.
Sarah and her work with Generation Spirit have been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Oprah Winfrey Show, People Magazine, The New York Times, and more.
Over the past decade, Sarah has built an impressive and unique repertoire of stories designed to change the way we think about disability, inclusion, and the power each of us has to spark meaningful change in our lives and communities.
"THROUGH THE YEARS, THE THING I’VE LEARNED ABOUT INCLUSION, IS THAT AN INCLUSIVE MINDSET IS AN EXPANSIVE MINDSET. THE POSSIBILITIES COME IN BOTH TINY MOMENTS AND NATIONWIDE MOVEMENTS."