Wake Ed

Wake County’s high school STUNT teams debut Thursday

Wake County’s newest high school sport – STUNT – starts Thursday thanks to a federal discrimination complaint that forced North Carolina’s largest school system to expand opportunities for female student-athletes.

In November 2010, the National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint against Wake and 11 other school systems accusing them of violating Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. In a June 2012 settlement, Wake agreed to add athletic opportunities at high schools for female students.

The result is STUNT teams fielded for the first time at 11 Wake County high schools. The first games will be held at 5 p.m. at Panther Creek and Sanderson high schools.

STUNT combines gymnastics and cheerleading in a high-energy, competitive setting. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights doesn’t consider cheerleading to be a sport for Title IX purposes. But STUNT does qualify.