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Should Cheerleading be a sport?

Cheerleading goes as far back as the late 1800’s. No one knows how it originated or when the first cheer was cheered.

The teams with cheerleaders performed better that the teams without. The players want to know the spectators are paying attention to them, and the cheerleaders made that possible.

There are the few chosen groups that have stepped up and tried to make this activity a sport.

From what I have personally witnessed, cheerleading should be a sport. The definition of a sport is a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

Cheerleading has become more than just standing on the sideline and shouting. There are competitions, gymnastics, and so much more effort put into modern day cheering. The groups practice, work-out, and gather as a second family just like all of the other sports.

Half-time is usually their moment to shine, but they are under appreciated by most of the spectators. People immediately rush off to grab a snack, go smoke, or go talk on the telephone. The dangerous stunt act performed for the slimming crowd is not worth the many hours that went into choreographing the routine.

Regardless, the cheerleaders move on and begin to set up new cheers and routines, after being called snobs and airheads secretly and to their face. 

This is not counting how many times they are barged into by the big, sweaty football and basketball players. Anyone that is willing to take a charge like that has my vote. 

Many famous leaders were once cheerleaders in their teenage years, such as George W. Bush and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Paula Abdul cheered for the L.A. Lakers and that’s how she got her start.

What makes these people special is that they care for the game. Usually by chanting and cheering motivational slurs to the fans and players, the game tends to pick up.

I can say that I never thought there would be a NBA for women. Now, the WNBA may be the only thing to watch this basketball season. Look how far they have come and what they have accomplished. Women can have a career playing basketball.

Opinions don’t change overnight. Stop the stereotyping, and remove the negative images from your head. 

Cheerleading has come a long way and can be a good opportunity for our young people. Our local cheerleaders must have a lot of spirit and motivation to come out and perform for some of the crowds I have seen.

They push themselves to dazzle and rowdy a crowd that doesn’t always care about them. This year stand up and cheer with our squads, and let’s see just how far cheerleading can go.

(The views expressed in this column are the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Independent Appeal or its owner.)

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