Several cheerleaders passed out at competition due to A/C failure

When I was in high school, I was a competitive cheerleader. When most people think of cheerleading, they do not think it is a sport. However, I do believe it is a sport. Cheerleading involves dance, gymnastics, and stunting. It requires coordination, flexibility, agility, strength, and cardiovascular endurance. My cheerleading team used to travel to compete. We made it to the national competition and we were able to fly from the northeastern region of the country to the southeastern region of the country for this competition. Keep in mind, many of the girls on my team have not experienced the climate of the south. My cheer coach reminded us that there would be air conditioning when we competed, but to be careful when we were walking around outside in the heat. Her advice did not make sense when she decided to have us practice outside in the heat before competition. Her reasoning is that we should be able to stick our routine anywhere- inside in the air conditioning, outside in the sun, on grass, or on floors meant for tumbling. After an extremely hot practice in the southern heat, we all went back to our air conditioned rooms so everyone was fine that night. We were tired from the heat, but we were ready to compete the next day. We got ready for the competition in our air conditioned hotel rooms. We had to put makeup on our faces and do our hair, so we were grateful for the cool air conditioning. When we got to the venue for the competition, we noticed large fans everywhere. The air conditioning broke, but they decided to continue with the competition. The broken A/C caused over one hundred cheerleaders to pass out.

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