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  •  There is nothing wrong with cheerleading (3+ / 0-)

    in fact, my daughter was a cheerleader in middle and high school, but her squad was a competition squad which is quite more serious than one that is not and the one at my granddaughter's school and the schools she will be attending will not be competition squads.

    There are better opportunities for girls to obtain scholarships via standard sports vs cheerleading:

    Finding university and college cheerleading scholarships isn’t really very easy. Although some organizations offer scholarships for high school cheerleaders to help them pay for their college education, there are actually very few organizations that do this – and there are millions of cheerleaders who want to go to college. There are also competitions that offer cheerleader scholarships to those who win or place well, however, hundreds of cheerleaders attend these competitions – all hoping for those college cheerleading scholarships.  ~ Guide to Athletic Scholarships and How to Get One
    In many schools cheerleading is an opportunity for popularity rather than a being a serious sport and in fact isn't treated like a "sport" at all.  It all depends on the school.  When my daughter cheered it was a year round commitment with practices several times a week and camps to attend and out of town or state competitions.  It was intense and there was no time for any other sport.  Additionally, there were "attitudes" against the cheerleaders; my daughter more than once found out that her name and phone number, along with a vile message had been put up on the walls of the boys bathroom at school.  

    As I mentioned in my original comment, athletes and coaches have commented to her that her daughter is well suited to be an athlete and she has far greater opportunities in the mainstream sports than she would in cheerleading.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 02:11:21 PM PDT

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