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COMM 201 Cheerleading Sport vs. activity

COMM 201 Cheerleading Sport vs. activity - Marie DiDominica...

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Marie DiDominica Communications 201 Professor Berggren Convincing Outline October 8, 2008 Title: “We’re not only athletes; we’re athletes that lift other athletes” : Cheerleading and why it’s a sport. General Subject: Cheerleading: Sport vs. Activity. Specific Subject: An overview of the many aspects of cheerleading that qualify it as a sport. Purpose: To convince my audience to see that cheerleading involves all the elements and requirements that make up other competitive sports. Main Ideas: I. Historically, the skills of a cheerleader extended no farther than an ability to yell inspiring words loudly; however, today, the 1
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talents required of a cheerleader extend into both elite tumbling, and stunting. II. The physical conditioning done at practices is equal to that of many high level sporting teams in both the high school and college arenas. III. The competitive aspect of cheerleading has now come to equal if not surpass that of all other sports. Central Idea: The old views and standards of cheerleading have now become aspects of the past. Today cheerleading has become not only one of the more difficult sports to participate in, but it has also become one of the fastest growing women’s sports there is. The elite tumbling and stunting levels cheerleaders are expected to be at, as well as the top level of physical fitness they train to possess both serve as a testament to the athleticism needed to become a cheerleader—an athleticism that proves the legitimacy of the claim that cheerleading is in fact a sport. 2
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Introduction: Let’s play a game. When you hear someone say the words football player, what do you automatically think of—perhaps a very large dude charging at you? Or when you hear someone talk about a gymnast, what image comes to mind—maybe something like a very tiny yet oddly muscular girl flipping around? Now when you hear the word cheerleader
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