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Is Cheerleading a Sport?

Is Cheerleading a Sport?
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Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:35pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The national governing body for gymnastics has agreed to sanction college cheer competitions, a step aimed at getting competitive cheerleading recognized as a sport.


USA Gymnastics will sanction events held by the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association, a group of six schools with competitive cheerleading teams.


Oregon coach Felecia Mulkey says the move represents the "birth" of a new college sport.


It comes after a federal judge in Connecticut ruled earlier this summer that what participants call "competitive cheer" had not developed enough to be considered a college sport for Title IX purposes.
 

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