BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — An expert in cheerleading has testified that cheerleading should not be a competitive sport, saying that making it so would threaten "classical sideline cheerleading."5 comments on this story
Jeff Webb, CEO of the cheerleading organization Varsity Spirit, testified Tuesday in federal court in Bridgeport, Conn., in a lawsuit against Quinnipiac (KWIN'-ih-pee-ak) University. Five volleyball players sued after the school decided in a budgetary move to eliminate women's volleyball in favor of a competitive cheer squad.
Testifying for the players, Webb said competitive cheerleading is as much a sport as chess.
A federal judge is being asked in part to decide whether cheerleading can be counted as a sport by schools looking for ways to meet gender-equity requirements. He's also considering whether Quinnipiac improperly manipulates the size of the rosters to comply with those requirements.