Ok, watch this trailer and switch out a few key words. Then tell me it doesn’t sound like AS cheerleading: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LzGdIh3ciSk 1. You don’t get a normal childhood 2. You only get a few minutes to determine your fate 3. You don’t have a way to turn your skills into a real world job when your career is done (at least not one that is both athletic and lucrative, like “mainstream“ athletes do) 4. People look up to you 5. People want to see you fail It completely floors me why cheer doesn’t get more respect when you really realize all that we’re asking of kids.