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Cheerleader Injured in Freak Goalpost Accident

Jenessa Taylor was hit in the head when structure collapsed

(Newser) - An Oklahoma cheerleader has made what her family says is a miraculous recovery after a metal goalpost fell on her head after a team practice at Cyril High School on Monday. Jenessa Taylor had stayed on the ground with the cheer coach while other members of the cheerleading squad climbed... More »

Cheerleader Jumps Off Float, Saves Choking Toddler

2-year-old Clarke's face was 'super red,' then purple, teen hero Tyra Winters says

(Newser) - One minute Tyra Winters was celebrating homecoming at Rockwall High School. The next thing thing the Texas teen knew, she was being called a hero. Tyra, 17, was riding on a parade float Sept. 18 with her fellow cheerleaders and the school football team when she heard people saying that... More »

Cheer Coaches Banned From Competition Over Gag Awards

Wisconsin coaches gave out 'Big Booty,' 'Big Boobie' awards at banquet

(Newser) - The coaches of a Wisconsin cheerleading squad have been banned from a competition following complaints about a banquet that included gag awards for team members' breasts and buttocks, per the AP . The Kenosha News reports that Kenosha Unified School District's superintendent says the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches is... More »

Cheerleading Coaches Give Teens 'Big Boobie,' 'Booty' Awards

Parents, ACLU not happy about Wisconsin banquet or its aftermath

(Newser) - A cheerleading banquet last March at a Kenosha, Wis., high school included some not exactly traditional—but definitely controversial—awards. The "Big Boobie" award went to a girl who, according to the coach who presented it, risked a concussion every time she ran due to her "enormous boobs.... More »

NFL Cheerleader Takes a Knee During Anthem

Unidentified woman kneels before 49ers game, believed to be the first

(Newser) - The NFL anthem protests appeared to take a notable turn Thursday night when a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem. Wire services don't have the image yet, but you can see it in tweeted photos here and here . The unidentified woman is... More »

Redskins Cheerleaders Describe Uneasy Photo Shoot

Tell 'NYT' that obligations with sponsors, suite holders left them uncomfortable on 2013 trip

(Newser) - There's some disagreement about what went down when the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad traveled to Costa Rica in 2013. According to the five unnamed women Juliet Macur spoke to for the New York Times , the trip ended up feeling exploitative. They were at the Occidental Grand Papagayo resort for... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Says Virginity Caused Discrimination

She's filed a complaint against the Miami Dolphins

(Newser) - A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader says she faced "hostility and retaliation" after revealing that she was a virgin. In an employment complaint filed with Florida Commission on Human Relations this week, Kristan Ann Ware says the team discriminated against her because of her gender and her Christian religion, the... More »

2 Classically Trained Male Dancers Make NFL History

Quinton Peron, Napoleon Jinnies join Los Angeles Rams cheer team

(Newser) - Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies just made NFL history, CBS Los Angeles reports. They became the first men on an NFL cheer team after the Los Angeles Rams announced Wednesday they had made the squad. According to Inside Edition , Jinnies said he was "speechless" and Peron said he cried... More »

'Distressing' Videos Show Teen Cheerleaders Forced Into Splits

5 Denver high school, district employees placed on leave amid investigation

(Newser) - Cheerleading coaches and school administrators in a Colorado district were placed on leave and police opened an investigation amid a series of videos showing high school cheerleaders screaming in pain while being pushed into splits during practice, the AP reports. The videos show eight cheerleaders at Denver's East High... More »

High-Profile Couple Announce 'Trump Divorce'

Trump supporter Lynn Aronberg felt 'isolated' in marriage to Dave Aronberg: press release

(Newser) - Interesting: sending out a press release about your divorce. More interesting: deeming it a "Trump divorce." The Palm Beach Post reports on the demise of the marriage of ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg and Florida state attorney Dave Aronberg, with the two announcing their split via a statement... More »

Suspended Cheerleaders Paid Up to $1.5K as Escorts: Report

Attorney for Coastal Carolina University squad members calls accusations 'outlandish'

(Newser) - Details on the mystery suspension of an entire college cheerleading squad are now being filled in, thanks to an FOIA request. The Sun News has acquired a criminal investigation report compiled by South Carolina's Coastal Carolina University that indicates cheerleaders on its squad were working at strip clubs and... More »

Entire Cheer Squad Shut Down for Mysterious Reasons

One cheerleader says they've been wrongly accused of prostitution

(Newser) - An entire college cheer squad has been shut down, apparently after allegations of prostitution and more. Deadspin reports Coastal Carolina University has indefinitely suspended its entire cheer squad pending an investigation. The suspension comes just days before a cheer event—now canceled—at the university and weeks before a national... More »

A Breakup, Then a Cheerleader's Murder

William Gaul charged in Emma Walker's shooting death

(Newser) - In splitting from her boyfriend, Emma Jane Walker, 16, "had chosen to move on," her aunt tells the Knoxville News Sentinel . "He refused to accept it." Walker—a cheerleader at Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn., who hoped to become a neonatal nurse, per WATE —... More »

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 »

Jets Cheerleaders Score $325K Settlement

Their hourly wage was about $3.77

(Newser) - A New Jersey court on Wednesday gave the Flight Crew—aka the New York Jets cheerleaders—something to cheer about: a $325,000 settlement of the class-action lawsuit filed in 2014 by a cheerleader identified as Krystal C., CNNMoney reports. That amounts to each of the 52 cheerleaders getting $2,... More »

California Has Its First Transgender Cheerleader

Anry Fuentes makes history

(Newser) - Anry Fuentes seems to be finding more acceptance on her cheerleading squad than she did at home. At 18, Anry has made history by becoming the only transgender cheerleader in California and one of very few across the nation, the Daily Beast reports. "People are scared of what they... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader to Spend Weekends in Jail for Rape

Molly Shattuck will spend alternating weekends behind bars

(Newser) - Two months after pleading guilty to the rape of a 15-year-old boy , former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was today sentenced to 48 weekends in jail—to be served on alternating weekends over two years beginning the first weekend in September, report NBC News and the Baltimore Sun . A Delaware... More »

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