SACRAMENTO, Calif. (FOX 11 / AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to make competitive cheerleading an official high school sport in California.
The governor on Wednesday announced signing a bill requiring the California Interscholastic Federation to oversee competitive cheerleading as it does other high school sports.
Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego says at least eight other states treat competitive cheerleading as a sport. She says the formal recognition will give the sport the respect and safety standards that athletes deserve.
Her bill, AB949, requires the change by the 2017-18 school year.
Gonzalez is a former high school and college cheerleader.
The Democratic governor previously signed a bill by Gonzalez requiring minimum wage pay and overtime for cheerleaders of professional sports teams.