‘Cheerleading more than a sport,’ says Varsity CEO

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Conventions are held all the time in Nashville, and on Tuesday the city hosted the country’s largest cheerleading organization who says cheerleading should be a sport.

If your child is a cheerleader, chances are they’ve attended one of Varsity’s camps or competitions. The organization hosts the cheerleading and dance team competitions seen on TV.

Currently NCAA does not list cheerleading as a sport, and in Tennessee, TSSAA lists it as an “activity” on its website.

Varsity’s founder, Jeff Webb, says it should be a sport and so much more.

“Cheerleading is more than a sport. You can’t put it in a box. Is there a competition element, yes. But, there’s also leadership and support in all other sports,” Webb explained.

He continued, “We do it a disservice by putting it in a box. It is very athletic and there is a competitive element but there’s a lot more than that.”

Webb also said girls who are cheerleaders in high school are more likely to have better grades and more likely to be leaders.

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