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Cheers for the Cheerleaders

Framingham State University's cheerleaders were one of just six teams nationally to compete in the first STUNT National Championship in Florida last weekend.

Framingham State University's cheerleaders were one of only six teams to compete in the first ever STUNT National Championship last weekend in Daytona Beach, FL.  The Rams were the Northeast Divsion regional winners.

The other five teams were Georgia Southern University, Morgan State University, North Carolina State University, University of Louisville and Cal Poly.

The University of Louisville won the title on April 9.

A new competitive team sport that has derived from traditional cheerleading, STUNT removes the crowd-leading and focuses on the technical and athletic components of cheer, which include the partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, jumps and tumbling skills.

STUNT was designed with the goal of being considered for NCAA Emerging Sport status, and tailored to follow Title IX’s requirements for intercollegiate sport. USA Cheer plans to present STUNT to the NCAA in June to be considered as an official NCAA emerging sport.  

"The first STUNT season has been a huge success, well received by teams, schools and fans. The competitive spirit and fan support at the events is evidence that STUNT is becoming increasingly popular and important in communities across the country,” said USA Cheer Executive Director, Bill Seely.

Heidi Zizza April 14, 2011 at 01:34 PM
HOORAY!!! It is an amazing sport. My two daughter cheer on this type of team they are 13 and almost 12. They love it! Let me tell you it IS a sport. If you have never seen a competition check one out. It takes a lot of hard work and is a true team effort!! GO RAMS!
John Pearson April 14, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Congrats to the Framingham State team! But .. Is Cheerleading really a Sport? There is athletic ability and discipline required. Does that make it a sport? Do we want universities to drop baseball or wrestling and take up Competitive Cheerleading? Was that the intent of Title 9?

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