Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Cheerleading is a Sport...What are your thoughts?
What do you think of when you hear the word "cheerleader"?
This was a question that I raised to several of my friends, relatives, and co-workers. I was very surprised to the answers I had received. Most of the responses were all very similar in that they viewed it not as a sport, but just as an entertainment at sporting events. As one person put it, "I am not sure what a cheerleader is, but I know that they are a bunch of girls standing around in short skirts cheering and yelling 'rah,rah,rah.'
I feel terrible when my daughter who happens to be a cheerleader, is somtimes only viewed as a performer and not as an athlete. Her team and coaches work very hard to be able to compete. Some of these individuals have to invest extra time and money in other activities in order to excel and become the best in what they do.
So, I am hear to tell you that cheerleading is a sport. And according to Forbes magazine it is one of the most dangerous sports around. The next time you run into a cheerleader pat them on the back and tell them that they are a great "athlete." I am sure they will appreciate it.