College Cheerleading Research Paper

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Have you ever thought about what defines a sport? The Oxford Dictionary defines a sport as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. I am a cheerleader for the University of North Alabama, where we go to NCA camps and compete in competitions through NCA. The team will also compete in the NCA national competition in the spring of 2016 for a national title. Through my experience as a UNA cheerleader, I believe that college cheerleading should be considered a sport because of the time put into the sport, the work put into getting better, and how both males and females can be cheerleaders. College Cheerleading should be considered a sport because of the…show more content…
A Judge in Connecticut states that cheerleading does not qualify as a sport under Title IX standards. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in any educational program or activity that receives federal funds. Sports and other extracurricular activities (such as drama and band) are covered under the law (Pom-Pom Shake-Up). Although my opposers has a very strong point, there are many opportunities for men to get involved with cheerleading. Many colleges offer a co-ed squad, along with an all-girl squad. Men also have a better chance of cheerleading because they can be stronger, and can single base a flyer. Also, there is less competition for males to become cheerleaders because not many men want to join a squad. At UNA, we only have and all girl squad, and many say that it is not fair for men who would like to join. The cheerleaders who scored in the top twenty at tryouts make the cheerleading team, regardless of gender. Many males came to tryouts, but did not make the squad because their tumbling skills were not as strong as the females. There is an equal opportunity for males and females to become cheerleaders. Men have the opportunity, it is just a matter of if they decide to take

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