USA Gymnastics to Sanction Cheerleading

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The national governing body for gymnastics has agreed to sanction college cheer competitions, a step aimed at getting competitive cheerleading recognized as a sport.

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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