Cheerleaders are Athletes! Please announce them as Athletes.

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Cheerleaders are Athletes! Please announce them as Athletes.

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Cheer Mom started this petition to Phoenix NY Central School district and

When cheerleading first originated in 1898, it was for the sole purpose of entertaining a crowd. Over the years, the first sideline yell has evolved into a complex mix of cheers, dance, tumbling and athletics!

High school cheerleaders are the promoters of school spirit, and they deserve to be recognized as the athletes that they are. During the pep rallies at school, these kids are degraded when the announcers ask that "all ATHLETES and cheerleaders come to the gym". It is a slap in the face to what they do, it hurts them, and it hurts us parents who have witnessed The Blood, Sweat, & Tears that go into not just a competition routine, but an entire two seasons.

On April 29th 2014, the New York State Board of Regents deemed cheerleading as an interschoolastic sport! We demand that the Phoenix athletics department do the same!

*Cheerleading is a sport!

*Cheerleaders are athletes!

*Cheerleaders deserve support from the teams that they cheer for all season.

The Phoenix Varsity Cheer program has taken home several section III titles. Please give these dedicated athletes the respect, and the recognition they deserve.

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