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Boy Says Cheer Skirts Led to Impure Thoughts. Then It Got Messy

Cheerleaders at Timpview High School say they were told not to wear them

(Newser) - The message from cheerleaders at Utah's Timpview High School is a less than cheerful one: "I kind of felt like it's the school almost supporting a rape culture," a cheerleader tells Fox 13 . The girls say the situation began when a male student complained to a... More »

Girl Cut From Cheer Squad Threatens to Sue

School district will decide whether to put her on team

(Newser) - A Florida student is threatening to sue Leon County Schools … because she was cut from her high school cheerleading team. Caylen Berry, head coach of the Leon High School cheer squad—which finished second in the state last season and will compete in Orlando's National High School Cheerleading... More »

The Grown Woman Who Joined a School Cheer Team

Wendy Brown stole her daughter's identity to realize a long-lost dream

(Newser) - The Atlantic sat down with a woman who, at the age of 33, stole her daughter's identity in order to live out her fantasy of being a high-school cheerleader. Wendy Brown's story made headlines back in 2008; now she explains what she was thinking when she walked into... More »

University Tells Would-Be Cheerleaders How to Look

University of Washington infographic goes over like a ton of bricks

(Newser) - Newsflash: Cheerleaders should not sport ponytails. This according to a now-pulled infographic posted to Facebook by the University of Washington cheerleading team on Monday. It was ostensibly a guide for would-be Huskies, as cheerleader tryouts begin Friday. Instead, the list of Dos and Don'ts—which specified that "nude... More »

Guy Who Created Modern Cheerleading Is Dead

Lawrence Herkimer even patented pompoms

(Newser) - One of the day's most interesting obituaries is that of 89-year-old Lawrence Herkimer , who pretty much created modern cheerleading as we know it, reports the New York Times . Herkimer, known as the "grandfather of cheerleading" and "Mr. Cheerleader," actually patented pompoms—he thought they'd look... More »

Mom of 2, Age 40, Makes NFL Cheerleader

Kriste Lewis was inspired to try out by her kidney disease

(Newser) - Finally, a nice story about cheerleading in the NFL : Kriste Lewis is a 40-year-old mother of two who has a debilitating kidney disease that will ultimately require dialysis and a kidney transplant ... and she's also one of the newest cheerleaders for the New Orleans Saints. Her diagnosis inspired Lewis... More »

North Korea's New Charm Offensive: Cheerleaders

Country promises they will 'melt the frozen North-South relations'

(Newser) - If you're keeping score at home, you can ratchet your North Korean hostility-o-meter down a notch. Pyongyang has just announced that it will send a cheerleading squad along with its athletes to this year's Asian Games in South Korea for the first time since 2005, the BBC reports.... More »

NFL Cheerleaders Have It Bad—Seriously

Catherine Rampell explains why

(Newser) - NFL cheerleaders have been raising quite a ruckus lately about their awful working conditions —and though maybe some of you might find "it's hard to have too much sympathy" for these "pretty, perfectly proportioned, and popular" women, we really should, writes Catherine Rampell in the Washington ... More »

Ex-Cheerleaders Sue Bills Over Pay, Hygiene Rules

They face 'jiggle tests,' are told 'how to wash intimate areas': Suit

(Newser) - Five former cheerleaders are taking the Buffalo Bills to court, saying they were paid less than minimum wage and subjected to disturbing physical scrutiny. The Bills "exploited the women by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State minimum wage laws," the lawsuit, which also targets... More »

Another NFL Cheerleader Suit: Bengals Pay Peanuts

Alexa Brenneman says she made $2.85 per hour during the 2013 season

(Newser) - Another cheerleader is suing an NFL franchise for paying her what amounts to peanuts. Alexa Brenneman of the Cincinnati Bengals' Ben-Gals squad says she earned just $2.85 an hour during the 2013 season, her first. Her suit, filed Tuesday, notes that's nowhere close to Ohio's $7.... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Details Harsh Requirements

Baltimore Ravens can't gain any weight, and must make sure to stay tan

(Newser) - In case the story of the Raiderette who only makes $5 an hour wasn't enough to convince you that NFL cheerleading is not a great career path, Deadspin talks to a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who makes the job sound even worse—and passed along a "Rules and... More »

Dizzying Feat: Girl Breaks Handspring Record

Video of a flipping Mikayla Clark is pretty awesome

(Newser) - Flutter those spirit fingers for Atlanta-area teen Mikayla Clark, who recently broke the Guinness world record for the most consecutive back handsprings. The 16-year-old flipped 44 times last Friday, beating out the previous record of 36, reports WSB-TV . "I was looking at world records and I just happened to... More »

Is Cheerleading a Sport? Doctors Will Decide

AMA vote could help reduce cheer-related injuries

(Newser) - There are teams, uniforms, competitions, physical exertion, and plenty of injuries. But is cheerleading a sport? The NCAA says no. The American Academy of Pediatrics says yes. And now the American Medical Association will decide for itself, with a vote at its annual House of Delegates meeting this weekend, NPR... More »

10 Famous Guy Cheerleaders

Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is among them

(Newser) - Cheerleading may be predominantly made up of females now, but it started as a male sport, and the Huffington Post found 10 male college cheerleaders who went on to quite a bit of prominence in Hollywood and DC:
  • Jimmy Stewart: He cheered at Princeton University as a junior and senior.
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Judge: Cheerleading Is Not a Sport

School can't count it under Title IX

(Newser) - Competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity requirements, a federal judge ruled today in ordering a Connecticut school to keep its women's volleyball team. Volleyball players sued Quinnipiac University after it announced in 2009 it would eliminate the team for budgetary reasons and... More »

Daredevil Stunts Crippling Cheerleaders

Serious injuries skyrocket as performers take to the air

(Newser) - American high school and college cheerleaders are losing teeth, breaking backs and becoming paralyzed in increasingly dangerous stunts that agonized parents and experts say should be stopped. "I didn't know that they were throwing her up in the air.  Why would the school allow that?" asked one stunned... More »

Critics Boo as Schools Nix Athletic Cheerleading

UConn accused of sexism for cutting gymnastic routines

(Newser) - Ditch all those nasty gymnastics routines, girls, and look cute again! That's what some observers heard when the University of Connecticut ended gymnastic and tumbling skills in its cheerleaders' routines last week, Sarah Ball writes in Newsweek. "Even if school officials weren't solely motivated by wanting to see less... More »

HS Benches Racy Dance Team

(Newser) - A Georgia high school dance team has been barred from practicing or performing this year after a provocative routine drew parents' ire, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The girls wore skimpy outfits while dancing atop chairs during halftime at a school basketball game. “The team will not perform for the... More »

Give Me an O! U! C! H!

Cheerleading proves more dangerous than all other girls' sports combined

(Newser) - Cheerleading accounts for more catastrophic injuries than every other girls’ sport combined, LiveScience reports. Of the 103 fatal, debilitating, or serious injuries female high school athletes incurred between 1982 and 2007, 67 occurred while cheerleading. Participants in the next-most-dangerous activity, gymnastics, sustained just nine such injuries. The proportions for college... More »

Cheerleading's Brave New World Raises Safety Worries

Injuries on the rise; recent death highlights concerns

(Newser) - As cheerleading has become a spectacle of acrobatic feats with its own events, injuries—some of them deadly—have been on the rise, ABC News reports. In the latest example, a 20-year-old woman died after being accidentally kicked in the chest during a Massachusetts competition last weekend. She suffered damage... More »

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