Essay on Cheerleading Is Not A Sport

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Cheerleading Should be Considered a Sport
Alyssa Roenigk, a senior writer for ESPN, presented an argumentative article, “Sorry, Cheerleading is not a Sport,” which struck the attention of many cheerleading advocates around the world. Roenigk states that all cheerleaders are athletes, but cheerleading should not be considered a sport due to the fact that sports teams are made to compete, not to entertain the crowd. Although Roenigk tries to persuade her audience that cheerleading does not fall under sporting guidelines, she contradicts her argument in immeasurable ways as she shifts cheerleading “athletes” away from sport.
In 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy labelling cheerleading as a sport due to the fact that it is as rigorous as many other sports. One would think that this would end the comments about how cheerleading should not be considered a sport, but Roenigk seems to think otherwise. The AMA based its decision to declare cheerleading as a sport to increase safety protocols; however, Roenigk believes that this stance will eliminate cheerleading all together. If anything, adding additional safety protocols to cheerleading will raise its popularity, not diminish it.
But let’s hear what Roenigk has to say about why she thinks cheerleading should not be classified as a sport. Roenigk was a cheerleader at the University of Florida and cheerleading helped pay for her schooling and challenged her athletically on a daily basis. “Cheerleaders are…

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