Ode to Cheer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Who would ever think
That cheer isn’t a sport?
We practice
We perform
We compete
We win
Do you have what it takes?
Yelling so loud
The next day you can’t be heard
A million tiny moves
To show off
In front of a team that never wins
Throwing that girl in the air
Her life in your hands
Your muscles scream in protest
But you catch her anyway
Sacrificing yourself
For 20 girls
On one mat
With one chance to stick it

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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breiteliza This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 31, 2009 at 6:37 am
OMG I totally agree with everything this article says. I'm a cheerleader and when people say cheer isn't a sport I tell them then well I guess gymnastics and dance aren't sports either!
poem said...
May 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm
i think that cheering is a lot of hard work i am a cheerleader i've been a cheerleader for 4 years and to this day i love it even though my coaches expections are high .....i kno that the whole stunt is just messed up because it takes t my life is very risky because i am a flyer and if i mess up or they drop my foot
Brittany02 said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm
wow, this is very good(: Im a cheerleader and I cheer for my school and cheerleading is a sport. Its my sport(:
HOPEMVP said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm
I DID NOT REALLY think cheerleading was actually a sport or was that difficult till I decided to try-out. It's a lot Harder than it looks, but its worth all the hard work. GO CHEERLEADERS GO! :)
shopaholic58 said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm
I totally agree.....I think cheerleading should be considered a sport too :]]
cheeks92 said...
Jan. 15, 2009 at 3:03 am
I absolutely love this. It's so true. So many people wonder why I'm always so sore or bruised from cheerleading because they don't think it's a sport, but we work just as hard, if not harder, than any other team! <3
ababe123 said...
Nov. 13, 2008 at 3:03 am
This is so true. I've been cheering for 5 years and almost EVERYONE at my school thinks its not a sport and its a waste of time. but i love it and always will =]
sunshine said...
Nov. 12, 2008 at 9:05 pm
I believe that cheer is a real sport and should be considered a sport so people start considering O>K>
beastyboy replied...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 8:43 am
no its stuiped
cheerselite<3 replied...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Your a stupid football player! you could never be able to do the things that competitive cheerleaders do! :) 
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