In a devastating blow to aspiring Sue Sylvesters everywhere, a Connecticut federal district court judge ruled Wednesday that cheerleading is not, in fact, a sport.
Members of Quinnipiac University’s volleyball team sued the school after it announced it would discontinue the program and replace it with a competitive cheerleading squad. In his decision Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill sided with the volleyball players, ruling that competitive cheer is not developed enough to qualify as a sport under Title IX gender equity requirements.
Now, our neighbors to the north have 60 days to figure out how to keep their volleyball program going. School officials have said they plan to start a women’s rugby team in response to the ruling.