Steve Solloway: Athletic, yes, but not a sport

Posted by: MBR on Sat Jul 24th, 2010 9:29 am
Steve Solloway: Athletic, yes, but not a sportWhat, cheerleading is not a sport? A federal judge said so this week. Actually, Stefan Underhill ruled that cheerleading can't be considered a sport by college administrators trying to satisfy Title IX requirements.The decision touched off a small firestorm. For decades, people haven't been able to decide what is sport and what isn't. Take synchronized swimming for instance."I sympathize with (competitive) cheerleaders. For years they've worked to remake themselves from pom-pom girls to something far more serious, more deserving of respect. They've succeeded."I wrote that in 2000, in a column stating cheerleaders are superb athletes but their competition is not a sport. ... 07-24.html