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Reconsider UConn Cheerleading Program

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Dear UConn Board of Trustees: The undersigned would like for the University of Connecticut to investigate the removal of the athletic cheerleading program from student activities and the reasons behind the change to a spirit squad. Furthermore, we request that the university reinstate the cheerleading requirements to where participants are required to meet additional minimum physical standards including a round off back-handspring in order to qualify for tryouts. The undersigned request that the Board of Trustees investigate the decisions of the staff involved in this decision and publicly present any fan studies, resumes showing qualifications of individuals involved in the decision, and any further supporting evidence of a basis for change in decision. The undersigned request that the Board of Trustees use their powers to assure that the cheerleading program will be restored to full capacity and funding, and assure the undersigned that a coach for the program will be selected based on the development of competitive cheerleading. Formation of a seperate spirit squad is acceptable, as long as funding for both is sufficient and the cheerleading budget in no way is decreased from the 2008-2009 school year. The undersigned also request that the team be given new advisors as a result of the lack of respect for tradition, and lack of research and consulting done in making this decision. Thank you.

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