Dance or Cheer leading: Which should be school funded?

In 2013 Cheerleading was cut from being school funded only to be replaced by two title nine equalizers, Boys Swim & Dive and Girls Dance Team.

Since then there has been a small amount of tension between the recently school funded Cheerleading squad, and the new addition, Dance team. Both are considered sports by the athletes that make up the team, but for others who don’t know the first thing about them… not so much. Many in the school think that neither should be a school “sport” and should be replaced by another sport. Both require hours of training, and rigorous amounts of exercise, strength, and conditioning.

A sport is defined as, “any activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

“I think it is ridiculous that there is any tension between the two teams, they aren’t supported because of the MSHSL guidelines, not because the school just didn’t want them anymore. Things are getting better, but I still feel the tension from time to time.”

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