Cheerleading not a sport (cont.)

Both my sister and I were cheerleaders – three years for me and
four years for my sister. We discussed this issue over the weekend
and we both agreed that cheerleading is NOT a sport.
It is a performing art. It DOES require strength, stamina, and a
lot of hard work, but I don’t think anyone is disputing that. And
yes, you can be in competitive cheerleading, but these things in
and of themselves do not make cheerleading a sport.
Editor,

Both my sister and I were cheerleaders – three years for me and four years for my sister. We discussed this issue over the weekend and we both agreed that cheerleading is NOT a sport.

It is a performing art. It DOES require strength, stamina, and a lot of hard work, but I don’t think anyone is disputing that. And yes, you can be in competitive cheerleading, but these things in and of themselves do not make cheerleading a sport.

You can compare it to dance in that they both require physical fitness and plenty of practice, and they can both be competitive. But most would agree that dance is not a sport. So why would cheerleading be? Granted they are not the same, and I do not mean to call cheerleaders dancers or dancers cheerleaders, but I think both can be placed in the category of performing arts. That’s my two and a half cents.

Erin Logterman, GilroY

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