May 31, 2013

Cheerleading is a sport!

Today is a monumental day in the cheerleading world. This morning I woke up to news that the International Cheer Union has been accepted as a member of SportAccord! This means that cheerleading is now a recognized sport by the umbrella organization for Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations, which also organizes international sporting events. This is HUGE! Currently 39 countries from all continents (except Antarctica obviously) are part of ICU and compete every year at The Cheerleading Worlds hosted by the USASF. This year I was so impressed by the european teams as well as the overall growth of the sport. It's amazing to see how far cheer has come in a relatively short time, and I'm excited to see that it is expanding even more. I have been waiting for this day for years, and it is incredible to see that the hard work of many dedicated people has finally paid off. Cheerleaders around the world will be impacted by this progress, and I am so excited to see the opportunities that will open for the industry. Olympics, cheer is coming for you!

Also, a congratulations is in order for the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. I know today is just as celebratory for motorsport participants and fans as it is for the cheer world. Cheers to us all!

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