The Rigorous Sport of Cheerleading at Konawaena

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The Rigorous Sport of Cheerleading at Konawaena

Kamariya Mattos, Sports Staff Writer

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 Cheerleading has always been an exciting way to entertain a crowd. It includes dance, gymnastics, stunts and chanting to cheer on their teams for sports such as football and basketball. Cheerleading is usually not seen as an actual sport, but people don’t notice all the effort that is put into cheering.  People ask, ” Is cheerleading really a sport?” Cheering has traditionally been known to support teams, not as a competitive activity as you see in other sports, which leads people to believe it doesn’t have the same athletic elements. People don’t consider learning tricks and routines as an athletic activity, but do they know the amount of stamina and strength it takes to do the tricks they do out on the field?

 The definition of the word “sport” says that the activity needs a type of physical skill that people can learn from and practice. Therefore, some people may say that cheerleading doesn’t have that physical skill only because they learn routines and yell into a crowd, but a cheerleader would say otherwise. A cheerleader who supports our Konawaena cheer team says that it makes them angry when people say itś not a sport because of the amount of hard work they put into being part of the team. “Cheerleading is a sport, we work out, we have to lift girls and catch them, we have to yell really loud, we have to be tight and hit our motions.” They also stated that, “In basketball, you try to shoot a ball into a hoop and in cheerleading, you shoot a person in the air and catch them.” 

As you can see, cheerleaders strive to be fit for the team and have a great amount of strength in their voice and body. They work out, they remember their routines, they do flips and tricks, and stay positive to entertain the crowd, they should be acknowledged for the work they put into cheering.

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