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Cheerleading IS a Sport

Star Graham

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To most people cheerleading isn’t a sport. Movies tend to portray cheerleaders as unintelligent, slim, and rude. As a cheerleader I don’t fit any of these stereotypes. Growing up I was always very quiet and usually kept to myself. I wasn’t the type of child to go and play with the others. Moving to Florida in second grade changed all of that. I was introduced to cheerleading by one of my peers and fell in love with it. I remember going to an open park where I would meet my team. I started to feel a tingly feeling throughout my body because i was so nervous. I remember thinking, “I’m not as good as them”, “This is going to be so hard”, ”Are they going to like me?” While walking up to the cheerleaders I kept my head down staring at the ground. As I started to rise my head to see the team, I noticed that I wasn’t standing in front of just one team. There were about five teams there ranging from second grade to sixth grade, my eye’s grew so wide seeing all these cheerleaders. I was on the Peewee team with all the other second graders. My coach would always tell me to speak up more and that it’s okay to open up to the team because I’m going to be around these girls for the whole season. Practice after practice I got much louder and a lot more comfortable. I continued to cheer throughout elementary, middle and high school.

Each year I did cheerleading my confidence began to grow. Cheerleading has taught me patience. Working with other girls you’ll witness a lot of personalities. I learned to cope with how fast or slow my other teammates will learn new material, not everyone learns at the same pace. There are a couple of middle schoolers on the team. We as a team have to understand that we are older than them and we to help them feel welcomed.  

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Cheerleading IS a Sport