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 have been a cheerleader for 8 years and i just started high school and my school doesnt have a cheer squad so i tryed out for another schools team because we are aloud to and i made the varsity team but then when when my school found out they said that i couuldtnt do it cause it wwasnt a sport and that got me mad im sick and tiered of peoploe saying its not a sport well then if they want to say that then football baseball basketball soccer ect. they're not sports if cheerleading isnt so lets fight and make things right
I've been cheering for as long as I can remember and when I went to high school I was sad to find out, cheerleading was not supported as a sport. These young women and men work just as hard as others and deserve to be recognized!
Cheerleading should be considered a sport because medically cheerleaders do not get the support we need. Personally I have experienced injuries related to cheer and many injuries, those of which I have experienced and those experienced from fellow cheerleaders, that could have been prevented. Not only that but cheerleaders do not get proper funding from schools like every other sport does. My team has had the same uniforms for eight years and we are suppose to get new uniforms every six years like every other sport. The cheerleaders have to fundraise for everything needed in cheer that our school doesn't provide. Basketball has everything from uniforms to sneakers and practice wear payed for by the school and all the cheerleaders get are partially funded uniforms, we pay the rest. Cheerleading needs to be put under title IX for not only medical reasons but for respect of the activity and the cheerleaders part of it.
Cheerleading is and needs to be recognized as an official sport we deserve the same rights as other athlets and we need to be recognized as a sport so we can get the safety regulations we need
Cheer is a competitive, power tumbling sport. Not other way around it. It should be recognized as such.
This sport has one of the highest rates of catastrophic injury, the reason no one is aware is because the lack of support cheerleading receives as and official sport.