When you decide on a speech topic, like cheerleading, think of the speech's objective. You can pick a side of an argument and back up your argument with evidence. Alternatively, you can simply give a lecture on a topic of interest to you, but focus on a specific facet of the topic in order to keep the audience's attention. If you want to give a speech on cheerleading for a class or an event, find your focus.
Cheerleading as a Sport
Some people do not think of cheerleading a sport. Others, particularly those who have participated in cheerleading, think that cheerleading is as much a sport as basketball and football. Write a speech on whether or not you consider cheerleading to be a sport and back up your argument with evidence. If you do not consider cheerleading a sport, you may want to talk about how some schools put less effort into supporting cheerleaders and are less likely to give cheerleading scholarships than football scholarships. If you do consider cheerleading a sport, discuss the physical exertion and dedication that the sport requires. Point out that cheerleading competitions exist, and that they are cheerleading's equivalent of the games or matches in other sports.
If the aim of your speech is to educate rather than to argue a point, pick an area of cheerleading with which your audience may not be familiar, such as competitive cheerleading. Explain that competitive cheerleading makes cheerleading about more than supporting other school sports. Give an overview of the types of competitions cheerleading squads attend and explain how the squads score points and win competitions. Include your opinion on why competitive cheerleading is important to cheerleaders.
Dangers of Cheerleading
Draft a speech on the physical dangers of cheerleading. Use graphs and charts to better explain the percentages of both minor and serious cheerleading injuries. You can choose to argue that these dangers are minor enough to make the activity acceptable as it is, so long as cheerleaders are aware of the risks and practice caution. Alternatively, you can argue that more cheerleaders and coaches need to incorporate safety precautions and should stop attempting overly dangerous routines.
Men in Cheerleading
Many people, especially those with only a cursory knowledge about cheerleading, forget that men can participate in the activity as well as women. Give a speech explaining the role of men in cheerleading, including the fact that cheerleading began as an all-male activity. Include statistics on the number of men who participate in competitive cheerleading and school cheerleading in the modern era. Explain why you think the activity has become more popular with women.
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; The Writing Center; Speeches
- California State University, Fresno; The Collegian; Is Cheerleading a Sport?; Brianna Campbell; May 2010
- Minnesota State University Moorhead; Informative Speech Preparation Outline; Competitive Cheerleading; Robyn Stromberg
- LiveScience: The Most Dangerous Female Sport: Cheerleading; July 2009
- CheerleadingSafety: Cheerleading History
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