cheerleading

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Tue April 29, 2014
Sports

Cheerleading moves from sidelines to being a sport in New York

High school cheerleading is now a sport in New York state.
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As human pyramids get taller, jumps and throws higher, and tumbles more elaborate, cheerleading in New York state will come under more regulation.

The state Board of Regents Tuesday gave the final approval to make cheering a sport starting next school year. It was a four year effort for state coordinators.

"What it does, is it just brings that legitimacy to the sport and that recognition to the sport that we for so long have tried to bring to these athletes," said Nina Baker, the cheerleading coordinator for Section III athletics in central New York.

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