University of Florida cheerleaders grounded

Published On: Nov 20 2012 06:45:42 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 20 2012 06:59:43 AM HST

The University of Florida has grounded its cheerleaders. (File Photo: John P. Wise/WPBF)


The University of Florida's cheerleaders have been grounded.

Florida officials told cheerleaders Nov. 16 they could no longer perform acrobatic stunts and tumble during games. The decision came days after an Orlando Magic cheerleader was injured during a performance at a basketball game.

University officials said they took a proactive stance "to protect the cheerleaders" instead of waiting for a tragedy to occur.

Cheerleaders disappointed that they couldn't tumble at their last home game of the season took their protest to social media, tweeting under the hashtag #Unground UFCheer.

Athletic association spokesman Steve McClain said the danger associated with acrobatic stunts is "simply not worth the risk to the cheerleaders or to the University of Florida."


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