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St John's cheerleaders refuse to perform at game after school fails to recognize them on Women in Sports Day

Feb 3, 2023

In an Instagram post for National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday, the St. John's University athletics account neglected to recognize both the cheer and dance teams.

The school lists nine women's sports on its official website, all of which were included in the post – cheer and dance are not listed as women's sports.

In response to being excluded from recognition, cheerleaders did not perform during Wednesday's game against Seton Hall and wore shirts that read "WE ARE WOMEN IN SPORTS."

The university called it an "inadvertent omission" and is working with the squads to move forward.

"There was an inadvertent omission in a social media post from the Athletic Department celebrating ‘Women in Sports’ that failed to tag or depict our cheerleaders and dance team," the school said in a statement to Fox News Digital. "The cheerleaders expressed disappointment with this perceived slight and are now engaged in an active dialogue with the Athletic Department to move forward. St. John’s University values the active and dedicated contributions made by all our students especially our student-athletes."

Source: Fox News

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