ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — Following reporting from 7 News, capacity limit for the high school cheerleading state championships at RIT has been reduced, allowing unvaccinated students to participate.
BREAKING: After our story aired last night on this issue, NYSPHSAA has had an executive meeting and voted to lower the capacity at the State Cheer Competition at RIT--removing the vaccine requirement @wkbw— Hannah Buehler (@HannahBuehler) February 18, 2022
By making capacity under 400, the change allows for unvaccinated students to participate.
With the capacity reduction, spectators will not be able to attend.
“Due to membership concerns, the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee held an emergency meeting today to discuss our Competitive Cheerleading State Championships,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “Although today’s action of the Executive Committee will result in spectators not being able to attend, all student-athletes will have the opportunity to represent their school and compete for the title of state champion.”
Not every parent is happy with the decision.
"We were just at basketball last night, parent spectators. So, I just want to know what the difference is," said Julie Antonio about not being able to attend the cheerleading championships at RIT.
Antonio said this will be the last time she can see her daughter, who is a senior, compete.
The event will be streamed here on March 5. There is a charge to access the streaming service.