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'm a male competitive cheerleader and this is the biggest debate I've ever been in. Title IX is about gender equality in sports right? Obviously guys are welcome and are actually very well needed.
My squad has won 2 back to back state championships and 9 league championships and still isn't recognized as our football and basketball teams. Our football has had two straight losing seasons and basketball barely squeaked by to get league co-champs. Just wish our hard work was acknowledged more...
I cheer on our school's teams and I've done competition cheerleading. We put so much work and effort into our routines, stunts, and tumbling. We know we're good. We know how much dedication and work it takes. I just want to be recognized as an actual athlete and not "that girl that wastes her time with cheer."