USA Gymnastics to Sanction Cheerleading

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Last year's NCAA National Champion cheerleading team celebrates winning the crown.

Last year's NCAA National Champion cheerleading team celebrates winning the crown.

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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