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UCCS Student Newspaper

Oct. 6, 2014

Kyle Guthrie

Attendees of athletic events will have to look elsewhere for their cheers.

The cheerleading team, which had transitioned from a student club to classification under the athletic department last year, no longer exists.

Athletic director Steve Kirkham explained that there were three main reasons for the switch: in college, cheer doesn’t count toward Title IX, there was not an adequate place to practice and the needed insurance coverage was not financially feasible.

Large competitive cheer squads in high schools help fulfi ll Title IX. Many of the cheerleaders had competed in high school and their expectations did not align with the athletic department, according to Kirkham.

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