HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled
competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that schools can
use to meet gender-equity requirements.
U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill says competitive
cheerleading is too underdeveloped.
Wednesday's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by members of the
volleyball team at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. The
players sued after the school announced last year that it would
eliminate the team for budgetary reasons.
The school replaced it with a competitive cheer squad to stay in
compliance with the 1972 federal law that mandates equal
opportunities for men and women in athletics.
Quinnipiac has 60 days to come up with a plan to keep the
volleyball team and comply with gender rules.
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