Monday, February 23, 2009

A Facebook Cause the Sports Blogosphere Can Really Get Behind

I usually ignore every Mob War request, passed drink and cause invitation that comes my way on Facebook.

But sometimes I put my distaste for the relentless solicitation practices of my "friends" on the social network aside in favor of doing what's morally right.

So when this popped into my "Requests" bucket, I had to give it a second look:

"Support my cause, Petition To Get Pole Dancing in 2012 Olympics. Help by joining, donating, or inviting your friends!
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Petition To Get Pole Dancing in 2012 Olympics

To Get Pole Dancing/Pole Fitness Recognized As A Legitimate Athletic Sport
Positions:

1. Like the horizontal bar, the vertical bar (pole) should have a place in international competitive sport.
2. Pole Dance/Pole Fitness is acrobatic, technical and takes disciplined physical skill and strength to master.
3. Over 50 countries world wide take part in lessons, workshops, conventions, competitions and teacher training.

Category:
International - Service and Other
Description:
Challenging Paradigms: Vertical Ballet As Olympic Sport

par·a·digm (pār'ə-dīm', -dĭm') n. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them.

Vertical Ballet just sounds like it should be an Olympic sport, doesn't it? Afterall, "vertical" implies gravity defiance with a dangerous suspenseful element, and "ballet" represents that strikingly beautiful blended art form which is the epitome of athleticism and grace.

Well, what about Pole Dancing? Funny how we as humans are often blind to things which challenge our preconceived notions. We are predisposed to see things we believe to be true based on a "remembered past " -- however, we know that perception (visual, psychological, intellectual) is a matter of interpretation, NOT fact.

Like the horizontal bar, the vertical bar should have a place in international competitive sport. Yes, we are referring to Pole Dance/Pole Fitness. Like Rhythmic Gymnastics, the Horizontal Bar and Figure Skating, Pole Dance/Pole Fitness is acrobatic, technical and takes disciplined physical skill and strength to master. Over 50 countries world wide take part in lessons, workshops, conventions, competitions and teacher training. Petition signatures are currently being gathered to present to the International Olympic Committee to recognize our sport.

Did you know that other recognized sports include:
Billiard Sports
Bowling
Bridge
Chess
Cricket
Golf
Korfball
Life Saving
Motorcycle Racing
Mountaineering and Climbing
Netball
Orienteering
Powerboating
Racquetball
Roller Skating
Surfing
Sumo
Tug of War
Underwater Sports
Water Skiing
Wushu

Join us in shattering old paradigms. Allow us to define and celebrate our sport for the athletic, graceful art it is:

Sign Petition to Make Pole Dance/Pole Fitness An Olympic Sport

http://verticaldance.com/poledan...

Bringing Athleticism And Elegance To Our Sport,

Collette Kakuk
OC Pole Fitness
4 Journey (upstairs)
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

949.360.4600



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