Make Cheerleading a Sport

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Cheerleading is just as strenuous an activity, if not more so, than any other organized sport. It has competitions just like any other sport. Unfortunately it is not getting the proper funding or proper medical support that other sports enjoy at the junior high/high school levels. Furthermore the institution of competitive cheerleading is basically a monopoly run by Varsity Spirit. I urge Congress to act now to include cheerleading under Title IX as a sport to benefit the future generations of children who wish to pursue it.

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I am appalled that a physical competitive discipline as strenuous, skill oriented, and potentially dangerous as cheerleading is not classified as a sport under Title IX. The injury statistics are worse than for any other sport, and this is precisely because of the absolutely lack of proper training protocols, safety procedures, emergency action plans, etc. The coaches are absolutely unqualified and for our government to let this continue is to let a private organization, Varsity, put our children in danger. Cheerleading is nothing if not a sport. Even varsity calls it a "sport" and enjoys the lucrative fees of the over 60 "national" competitions. I urge you act. Parents should not have to worry that their daughter is likely to suffer a severe brain injury, broken neck, or even death at cheerleading practice, let alone the competitions. In no other sport is the risk of catastrophic injury so high, and this is precisely because cheerleading is not seen as a sport.
It is endangering our children by not officially declaring cheerleading a sport and making sure all coaches are properly certified.
Cheerleading is very physically strenuous, at least more than golf, chess, or video games, which are all recognized sports. However, the definition of a sport is:
1.competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally

And it is competitive physical activity, a group activity, involves physical exertion AND skill, and it is engaged in professionally. However, it isn't governed by a set of rules.

I want a board of professionals to decide upon a set of consistent rules for cheerleading, for example, half a point is taken off if a stunt bobbles or wobbles. Then we could make cheerleading a sport.
Video gaming is recognized as an official sport by the United States government now which I'm fully behind that but how can that be officially recognized and not cheerleading? It's ridiculous because it takes hard work and patience and many of the other virtues that are required in other sports that are officially recognized as sports. Cheerleading is competitive and fun for a lot of people and should be given the same official status that every other sport has. Thank you.
Definition of Sport:
noun: sport
1. an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Hello people...... that is a cheerleader!! My daughter is more physically fit and works and trains harder then most boys her age. The cheer team holds more state title wins, then the football team they cheer for. When the golf team is listed as a sport and cheerleading is listed as a club, I have a huge problem with that. Give these girls and guys their credit due and make cheerleading a sport!!