Competitive Cheer Teams
pants and the long sleeve shell with school logo versus the short skirts.
These links offer a few articles I found and recommend them to anyone interested in this subject. Given the challenges that competitive cheer athletes still face, I started to brain storm ideas for how to change the way we view cheerleaders. A name change? Here's an idea. (Thanks to my years working as an Army Civilian where the titles and job descriptions were quite...creative.)
A Change is Needed!
In a world of athletes where males still tend to receive the lion's share of attention and accolades over females, it becomes increasingly important for schools to have an awareness of how attitudes affect sports programs. Cheerleading is a legitimate and competitive sport that deserves recognition. When a school does have a stellar cheer team who has earned a state title and other awards, it is critical that athletic coaches and school administrators acknowledge these accomplishments in a very public way! Perceptions can be changed when there is a sincere plan of action.
(The picture of Bella at age 19 months was a glimpse at the strong,
independent young person she is becoming.)