According to the CAAC, cheerleading is a sport, the same as football or soccer, but many feel they do not get the credit they deserve.
While a lot of cheerleaders consider it a sport, a few don’t.
“When it comes to school, it’s not really competitive. All they do is cheer and they aren’t doing anything to compete with other sports,” said freshman Kadence McEvers.
Cheerleading can result in serious injuries just like any other sport you would play.
“I’ve been dropped on my head and my wrist,” said junior Jada George.
“I’ve dislocated my jaw,” said junior Jadas Wilson.
Of course, not every cheerleader gets injured.
“I’ve never actually broken anything before which is good. I’ve gotten hurt a few times. I’ve sprained my wrist from tumbling, but usually my stunt group was there to catch me a little so I didn’t hit the ground so hard,” said Wilson.
Cheerleaders say they work out and condition just as hard, or more, as other sports. They lift people in the air, learn to fly and fall correctly, as well as catch and support one another.
“Other people usually say ‘that’s so easy and you guys barely do anything’ but we work so hard to try to have tight motions, do stunts and be loud so everyone can hear us,” said Wilson .
Cheerleaders also believe the sport should be sponsored . They believe it would help people consider it as a sport and also solve some of their issues.
Having to find their own rides is one of the complaints cheerleaders have.
“We should be able to ride the bus of the teams we cheer for,” said Wilson.
Despite the issues, the varsity cheerleaders enjoy cheering at Everett.
“I enjoy it too much and I’d be bored without it,” said Wilson.
George enjoys cheering because they do things as a team and she likes Head Coach Klaudia Burton.
One of the cheerleaders has a different opinion on cheering for Everett.
“It gives me experience and I like cheering for Everett, not the team,” said Wilson.
In the end, the cheerleaders don’t pay much attention to the opinions of those who do not consider them a sport.
“I honestly don’t feel any type of way about that because people are going to think what they want even if you try and tell them what it is,” said Wilson.
Anyone interested in cheerleading is encouraged to come out. While cheerleading requires some skills, they all can be learned with practice.
“As long as you’re loud, a fast learner, and have a good vibe and able to do almost anything the coaches throw at you, you should be able to work with all types of people,” said Wilson.