Delegates vote – Cheerleading is definitely a sport
Should cheerleading be recognized by the IHSA as an official sport? Does it depend on the type of cheerleading?
These questions have been debated by athletes of all sorts for decades.
Delegates overwhelming believe cheerleading to be a sport.
Jonathan Hamburger, a legislator from Sesser-Valier, weighed in saying, “Absolutely a sport. I’m a cheerleader, too.”
Sarah Bate, a member of the press from Decatur, said, “I think that if you’re in competitive cheer, or if you’re going to different competitions outside of IHSA, then it should be considered one, and maybe IHSA should make a competition for it, but if they’re not interested in competitive cheer or if they don’t qualify for it, I don’t think it should be considered a sport.”
Josh Cowley, a legislature from Murphysboro, said, “I feel that cheerleading should be a sport because cheerleaders work just as hard as dancers or any other sport. They do a lot of conditioning, they have to be able to lift each other up, and basically cheerleading is a way to show your school spirit by dancing.”
Maggie Sorenson, a lobbyist from Williamsville, stated, “It should be a sport if you’re competing, but if you’re not competing then it should be a club because you’re not competing against anyone, you’re just rah-rahing from the sidelines.”
Mariah Dowell, a legislature from Williamsville, said, “I think they should be recognized as a sport because they do as much stuff, if not more, than any other sport.”
Ashton Henrickson, a legislative assistant from Williamsville, seemed to flow with the general consensus saying, “It depends on if they do go to competitions. If they’re just cheering at the school for the games and stuff, it’s not really a sport. But, if they’re going to competitions, then it’s a sport.”
Samantha Mool, also a legislative assistant from Williamsville, said, “They do practice like all other sports and they do competitions so, why not count them as a sport?”
(written by Haley Mierzejewski, Williamsville)