Cheer:More then just a game
When you think of the word cheerleading, I can only guess what your mind
comes up with. Maybe your thinking of ditzy girls with short skirts, well that's not quite
right. Or maybe you're thinking of flirting girls who are not even in a sport or athletic,
well mostly that is not right either. But for those of you who were thinking of girls who
put in a lot of effort, hardwork, skill, teamwork, practice, spirit, heart, attitude and
pride (just to mention a few qualities), well you are right! There is a lot more to
cheerleading then meets the eye. I want you to know that cheerleading is a sport, and for
most, the stereotypes are all wrong.
Cheerleading is a sport, and even though you may have heard this in a movie, we
are not just "dancers gone retarded", because not only do we dance, but we also jump,
kick, cheer, chant, stunt, and tumble.
That's like a dancer, a gymnast, and a spirit
leader all in one! If you look up the word sport in a dictionary, one of the many
definitions is: (in Webster's new world dictionary) such an activity, especially when
competitive, requiring more or less vigorous bodily exertion and carried on, according to
some traditional form or set of rules. Cheering is vigorous, and we do have rules, and
although not all squads choose to do so, we do compete.
Like in the movie "Bring It On", the character Torrence asks "Ever been to a
cheerleading competition?" Well, I will ask you the same question, just as people go to
watch a football game, people fill the stands to cheer for the cheerleaders. Some squads
will go home happy, and others will leave crying (actually most squads cry...