Persuasive Essay On Cheerleading

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Can’t Hide Our Pride According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of a sport is a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other. Competitive cheerleading right now, is the fourth leading sport for high school girls. It is seen as a sport by 22 states (Slegel). In cheerleading you have only two and a half minutes to prove the judges that you are better than you opponent (Springer). The Women's Sports Foundation states that because cheerleading involves stunting, physical activity, and rules, it should most definitely be considered a sport (Orlando). Cheerleading goes back to the late 1800s when popularity rose up in U.S. college football (Schultz). Competition squads compete locally, regionally, nationally, and now internationally (Schultz). Cheerleading should be considered a sport because it takes a lot of skill and practice, has a high injury risk, and it involves teams competing against one another. Cheerleading is tough, it takes a lot of hard work and talent. To be a cheerleader you need the strength equal to a football player, the grace of a dancer, and the skill of a gymnast (Orlando). A big part of why people believe cheerleading should not be a sport is that they do not think cheerleading is hard, they think you sit there and just look pretty. Graham Cornes says,”Admittedly I watched enthralled before a game of football at Norwood Oval as the local cheerleading
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