Persuasive Essay: Is Cheerleading A Sport?

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Naysayer When it comes to the topic of whether cheerleading is a sport, most of us readily agree that it is not. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the competitive side of cheerleading, not all types of cheerleading are competitive which means that it only makes up a small portion of this group. Whereas some are convinced that cheerleading as a whole is a sport, I would argue that because such a small portion of cheerleading is competitive, that you cannot classify the whole group as a sport. I disagree that sideline cheerleading is a sport because what they do is not as dangerous as other sports. The definition of a sport is, an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another. Some portion of cheerleading do use skill and do compete against other teams. They might even risk their lives to do a risky routine. However, sideline cheerleaders don’t use this type of skill. They’re only goal is to cheer up the crowd. They dance and scream and do very easy performances and that’s not what a sport is about. They don’t perform high risks routines and they don’t compete like in other types of cheerleading.…show more content…
It's quite embarrassing when I go to games with children and see how sexualized the routines have become.” (Nelson) Basically what she’s saying is that cheerleaders at games just want to show their body to the crowd. Some of the parents can’t take their kids to the games due to the sexual performances they do and because of the outfit that cheerleaders use, the outfits are very inappropriate. Not everyone at the games could enjoy the game because they get disturbed by the cheerleaders, some of the people might even leave early so their kids don’t have to see how inappropriate cheerleaders

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