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According to a recent court ruling (pdf) cheerleading is not a competitive varsity sport on the same level as volleyball for purposes of Title IX obligations.
Despite its certainly being a physical activity, the court found that cheerleading lacked a similar level of organization to other varsity sports.

Cheerleading - Wikipedia

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Cheerleading /ˈtʃɪərlidɪŋ/ ranges from yelling to intense physical activity for sports team ... The presentation of cheerleading as a sport to a global audience was led...

Being a Cheerleader - Is Cheerleading a Sport? - Varsity.com

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... cheerleader gets fired up when someone sparks the "Is cheerleading a sport? ... else “more athletic,” you want people to know that cheerleaders are athletes.

Cheer Debate: Is Cheerleading a Sport? - Varsity.com

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... goes on: Is cheerleading a sport? We sum up cheerleading and point out how it is an athletic activity and how school cheerleading cannot be considered a sport.

Is Cheerleading A Sport? The IOC Ends The Debate - Forbes

www.forbes.com/sites/kristidosh/2016/12/21/is-cheerleading-a-sport-the-ioc-ends-the-debate/

Dec 21, 2016 ... It might be easier to get people to come to a consensus on the issue of which came first, the chicken or the egg? An American team competing ...

Cheerleading is a Sport | Teen Essay | Teen Ink

www.teenink.com/nonfiction/sports/article/15172/Cheerleading-is-a-Sport/

The New York Times states that cheerleading is the fastest growing girls' sport, yet more than half of Americans do not believe it is a sport. In addition, they fail to  ...

ESPN.com: Page 2 : Athletes are cheerleaders, too

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So go ahead, tell Bangaoil that cheerleading isn't a sport. Tell her that the last year she spent downing Advil and bathing her knee in ice has been a waste.

Sorry, cheerleading is not a sport - ESPN.com

www.espn.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11128302/espnw-former-college-cheerleader-says-sorry-cheerleading-not-sport

Jul 7, 2014 ... A former collegiate cheerleader explains why the AMA's recent designation of the activity as a sport could kill cheerleading as we know it.

10 Reasons Why Cheerleading Is a Sport | Bleacher Report

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May 15, 2011 ... This has been a constant debate, whether cheerleading is a sport or not. There is very valid evidence for both sides of the argument.

Is cheerleading a sport? The American Medical Association thinks ...

www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2014/06/10/is-cheerleading-a-sport-the-american-medical-association-thinks-so/

Jun 10, 2014 ... Four years ago, a federal judge ruled that competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity ...