Life as a Cheerleader by Mrka Salado

1 Dec

As a four year Foothill cheerleader I feel as administration and the student body views us a bunch of girls running around in skirts and pom poms, “looking pretty.” Personally they think that we are just around to cheer on football players and be spirited when that is not the case here. Cheerleaders are strong, independent girls, who can fight for what is right. We are being pushed around and not given the respect that other sports get. Not only what we do is very difficult but dangerous. Throughout my high school years in cheer I have been a witness to a numerous of injuries. Ranging from simple bruises to concussions and broken bones. The student body only thinks we are here to dance, and cheer. Not realizing that we also stunt and tumble. Stunting and tumbling require girls to be in good physical shape. When in cheer stunting requires three girls to carry one and keep her up in the air safe, it also requires us to throw her in the air to be flipped and stretched. Not only do the flyers trust us with their lives, but we all trust them to do their job as well. Tumbling requires the body to be flipped backwards. You have to be extremely flexible for this. I can inform you that from experience I have pulled a muscle, pinched a disk in my back, popped a knee out, and twisted my ankle to acquire this skill but I do this because it is what I love to do. Yes people get hurt in football, basketball, and any other sport but no other sport gets more injured than cheer. We have worked our way to get the respect we deserve and now that the winter sports started, we get kicked out. We have been competing and ranging in the top three places in the whole country. We have also traveled to Texas and put the name of Foothill in another state. Our cheer team is one of the best cheer teams out there. Also this year’s cheer team is one of the best cheer teams Foothill has ever had. We have proved ourselves so many times but this year I feel like we have absolutely nothing to prove because we know we are good. Administration and the student body need to know that we work hard for what we do. We sacrifice a lot of things in our lives for this sport. My favorite quote to think of when in cheer is, “It’s not the glitz of the uniform that matters, but the spirit within it.”

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5 Responses to “Life as a Cheerleader by Mrka Salado”

  1. Julie garcia December 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I think your essay is very well thought out and is very true to the fact that cheerleaders do, do more than just jump around in lil skirts all day and wave pom poms around. I like how you went into depth on the exact specific things you do in cheer and at practice that not everyone else sees

  2. Mike Ribaudo December 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    My perspective on cheerleaders has been changed. This was well written, and i am surprised to hear about the many injuries that occur.

  3. Carmen Soto December 3, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    I do not understand why people do not view cheer as a sport. It is a dangerous, physical, and intense sport that requires many special talents. In the dictionary the definition of sport is an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. I would definitely define cheer as a sport.

  4. Leanna Palacio December 3, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    i love this essay. it gives detail and gives incite to what cheerleaders go threw!

  5. karen urquidez December 3, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    cheer is most certainly a sport! anyone who says it is not should try doing it themselves! i have done it so i know!

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