Local Cheerleader Reacts to Title IX Ruling

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

Title IX requirements have many cheerleaders upset after a judged ruled last week that cheerleading is not an official sport.

The judge decided that competitive cheerleading cannot be used to meet gender-equity requirements for Title IX.

Bridgewater College cheerleader Tabitha Wilmoth says she understands that there aren't as many organized competitions, but she says squads do compete on many levels and can go on to win national championships.

"Every cheerleader feels like we are a sport, because we know the dedication that goes into it, the hard work. We're treated just like every other athlete, but a lot of people feel that we're not a sport," says Wilmoth.

Wilmoth says she hopes cheerleading squads will get together and become more organized to help redefine them as a sport.

She says they are athletes participating in what can be a very dangerous sport.

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