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According to Joe Hatton, the author of the article, "Sports Beat - The sport of cheerleading: It's more than just pompoms and smiles," cheerleading is a sport because it requires strength, balance, and coordination. The major claim of the article is "cheerleading is a sport - plain and simple - and cheerleaders are true athletes" (Hatton C-04). The article offers the following arguments in support of the claim. Hatton claims because cheerleaders are athletes, cheerleading is a sport. Hatton also says cheerleading is a sport because of the competitive aspects. We believe cheerleading is not a sport, because not all cheerleaders compete. Most cheerleaders rarely, if ever, show athleticism. Cheerleading is an activity based on confidence and school spirit. Activities in schools such as debate clubs revolve around the trust, confidence and competition of the team members yet most people do not consider debate club a sport. In Hatton's article, he acknowledges many people and organization do not identify cheerleading as a sport. The premier collegiate sports organization in the country, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"), does not recognize cheerleading as a sport ("Equal Opportunity"). Also, according to the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations, fewer than half the states in country recognize cheerleading as a sport ("NFHS"). The fact that a respected national athletic organization and a majority of states do not recognize cheerleading as a sport implies that it is viewed primarily as entertainment. We believe the arguments in the article to be unfounded and therefore view the claim that cheerleading is a sport to be untrue. There is more support against cheerleading as a sport then there is for cheerleading. While there are aspects of cheerleading which perhaps make it similar to other sports, it lacks the level of athleticism found in other generally recognized sports. In cheerleading athleticism is not required and competitions are not held. Cheerleaders participate in athletics as bystanders. They are there to support and entertain their school. Entertainment and Athleticism Cheerleading is simply entertainment for viewers and is a social club for its participants. "Sports Beat - The Sport of Cheerleading: It's a lot More than Just Pompoms and Smiles," points out that a main benefit of cheerleading is the ability to "easily transition into the entertainment industry" (Hatton C-04). This statement supports our belief that cheerleading should not be considered a sport. Cheer-leading, the leading of cheers at sporting events is not a sport. Entertainment, versus athleticism, is more of what cheerleading is. Team supporters are present at games/events to raise school spirit and encourage cheering. Cheerleading generally requires a competition to be in progress, so the cheerleading itself can occur. This is not an activity which can take place alone. While there are some aspects of dancing and gymnastics involved, the purpose is to cheer at sporting events, not to be an event itself. Although it is not a sport, it is worthy of praise on its merits as entertainment. Much thanks to cheerleaders, fans come to support their friends and school in the event of competitions. "One who leads the cheering of spectators as at a sports contest," is how Dictionary.com defines a cheerleader. Nowhere in this definition is there mention of cheerleading as a sporting event. It does comment, however, on cheerleaders being the supporters "as at a sports contest". The definition refers to cheerleaders more as spectators then actual members of an event. Therefore, cheerleading should not be considered a sport. Cheerleading requires only a minimal level of athleticism. Dictionary.com defines an athlete as "a person possessing the natural or acquired traits such as strength, agility, and endurance that are necessary for physical exercise or sports especially those preformed in competitive contexts". While some individual cheerleaders, such as those involved in acrobatic maneuvers, may posses a slightly higher level of athleticism it does not necessarily qualify their activity as a sport. Entertainers such as aerialists and tightrope walkers are athletic but one would be foolish to consider the circus a sport. Like circus entertainers, some individual cheerleaders may be considered physically gifted, but their skills are not displayed in a competitive sporting environment. In order to be considered competitive, Dictionary.com states that one must test their skill or ability against two or more opposing groups. Dictionary.com's criteria states a cheerleader is one who "leads cheering of spectators as at a sports contest". Cheerleaders who stand on the sidelines and orchestrate cheering of their team should not be considered athletes. Conclusion Hatton declares, "cheerleading is a sport - plain and simple - and cheerleaders are true athletes". Based on the definitions above, the arguments, and the illustrations, cheerleading is not a sport. While acknowledging that varying levels of athleticism are required for participation cheerleading should not be considered a sport because it is not typically undertaken in a competitive environment and its primary purpose is to lead "cheering of spectators as at a sports contest" (Dictionary.com).
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Why Cheerleading Is Not A Sport

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              According to Joe Hatton, the author of the article, "Sports Beat - The sport of cheerleading: It's more than just pompoms and smiles," cheerleading is a sport because it requires strength, balance, and coordination. The major claim of the article is "cheerleading is a sport - plain and simple - and cheerleaders are true athletes" (Hatton C-04). The article offers the following arguments in support of the claim. Hatton claims because cheerleaders are athletes, cheerleading is a sport. Hatton also says cheerleading is a sport because of the competitive aspects. We believe cheerleading is not a sport, because not all cheerleaders compete. Most cheerleaders rarely, if ever, show athleticism. Cheerleading is an activity based on confidence and school spirit. Activities in schools such as debate clubs revolve around the trust, confidence and competition of the team members yet most people do not consider debate club a sport.
             
              In Hatton's article, he acknowledges many people and organization do not identify cheerleading as a sport. The premier collegiate sports organization in the country, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"), does not recognize cheerleading as a sport ("Equal Opportunity"). Also, according to the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations, fewer than half the states in country recognize cheerleading as a sport ("NFHS"). The fact that a respected national athletic organization and a majority of states do not recognize cheerleading as a sport implies that it is viewed primarily as entertainment.
             
              We believe the arguments in the article to be unfounded and therefore view the claim that cheerleading is a sport to be untrue. There is more support against cheerleading as a sport then there is for cheerleading. While there are aspects of cheerleading which perhaps make it similar to other sports, it lacks the level of athleticism found in other generally recognized sports. In cheerleading athleticism is not required and competitions are not held. Cheerleaders participate in athletics as bystanders. They are there to support and entertain their school.
             
              Entertainment and Athleticism
             
              Cheerleading is simply entertainment for viewers and is a social club for its participants. "Sports Beat - The Sport of Cheerleading: It's a lot More than Just Pompoms and Smiles," points out that a main benefit of cheerleading is the ability to "easily transition into the entertainment industry" (Hatton C-04). This statement supports our belief that cheerleading should not be considered a sport. Cheer-leading, the leading of cheers at sporting events is not a sport. Entertainment, versus athleticism, is more of what cheerleading is. Team supporters are present at games/events to raise school spirit and encourage cheering. Cheerleading generally requires a competition to be in progress, so the cheerleading itself can occur. This is not an activity which can take place alone.
             
              While there are some aspects of dancing and gymnastics involved, the purpose is to cheer at sporting events, not to be an event itself. Although it is not a sport, it is worthy of praise on its merits as entertainment. Much thanks to cheerleaders, fans come to support their friends and school in the event of competitions.
             
              "One who leads the cheering of spectators as at a sports contest," is how Dictionary. com defines a cheerleader. Nowhere in this definition is there mention of cheerleading as a sporting event. It does comment, however, on cheerleaders being the supporters "as at a sports contest". The definition refers to cheerleaders more as spectators then actual members of an event. Therefore, cheerleading should not be considered a sport.
             
              Cheerleading requires only a minimal level of athleticism. Dictionary. com defines an athlete as "a person possessing the natural or acquired traits such as strength, agility, and endurance that are necessary for physical exercise or sports especially those preformed in competitive contexts". While some individual cheerleaders, such as those involved in acrobatic maneuvers, may posses a slightly higher level of athleticism it does not necessarily qualify their activity as a sport. Entertainers such as aerialists and tightrope walkers are athletic but one would be foolish to consider the circus a sport. Like circus entertainers, some individual cheerleaders may be considered physically gifted, but their skills are not displayed in a competitive sporting environment. In order to be considered competitive, Dictionary. com states that one must test their skill or ability against two or more opposing groups. Dictionary. com's criteria states a cheerleader is one who "leads cheering of spectators as at a sports contest". Cheerleaders who stand on the sidelines and orchestrate cheering of their team should not be considered athletes.
             
              Conclusion
             
              Hatton declares, "cheerleading is a sport - plain and simple - and cheerleaders are true athletes". Based on the definitions above, the arguments, and the illustrations, cheerleading is not a sport. While acknowledging that varying levels of athleticism are required for participation cheerleading should not be considered a sport because it is not typically undertaken in a competitive environment and its primary purpose is to lead "cheering of spectators as at a sports contest" (Dictionary. com).
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Dictionary.com. Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. 2003. 9 October 2003.
http://dictionary.References.com/.

"Equal Opportunity In Intercollegiate Athletics: Requirements Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972." U.S. Department of Education. 27 August 1997. 9 October 2003. http://classweb.gmu.edu/jkozlows/460tixa.html.

Hatton, Joe. "Sports Beat - The Sport of Cheerleading: It's a lot More than Just
Pompoms and Smiles." Providence Journal Bulletin 9 May 2003: C-04
LexisNexis CD-ROM. 13 May 2003.

"NFHS." National Federation of State High School Associations. 2003. 9 October 2003. http://www.nfhs.org/.
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