November 29th 2010
Should Cheerleading be Considered a Sport?
A sport is defined as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature” (Dictionary.com). Someone can’t roll out of bed and be an amazing cheerleader. Cheerleading is an activity that takes massive amounts of skill and physical prowess, but on July 22nd of 2010 Connecticut Judge Stefan R. Underhill ruled competitive cheerleading as not being a sport. Considering the physical demand of the activity, the court system should reconsider competitive cheerleading as a sport. In 2009 the cheerleading squad of Quinnipiac University planned on eliminating its women’s volleyball team and replacing it with cheerleading. Some players on the volleyball team and their coach sued the college because of their plan to terminate the team. The volleyball team believed that the actions that were planned kept with the guidelines of Title IX. Title IX is “the major federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance (hereafter referred to as "covered institutions").” (Maec.org). Judge Stefan Underhill, after his decisions, stated “Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport under Title IX, Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students."(Finnegan). Cheerleading became famous in the 1880s at Princeton University. It was created to make people get more involved in Princeton’s football games. After his graduation, Tom Peebles, a Princeton graduate, tried to introduce a form of “organized crowd chanting” to the University of Minnesota. However cheerleading did not become popular until Peebles actually became the very first cheerleader and cheered on Minnesota’s football team in 1898 (KnowledgeBase). My first argument in support of...