In an Instagram post for National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday, the St. John’s University track and field account did not acknowledge the cheerleading 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.
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In response to being excluded from recognition, the cheerleaders did not perform during Wednesday’s game against Seton Hall and wore T-shirts reading «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 an Athletic Department social media post celebrating ‘Women in Sports’ that did not tag or represent our cheerleaders and dance team,» the school said in a statement to Fox News Digital. «The cheerleaders expressed their disappointment with this perceived slight and are now engaged in an active dialogue with the Athletic Department moving forward. St. John’s University values the active and dedicated contributions made by all of our students, especially our student-athletes.»
The official Instagram account of the cheerleading team posted the following:
«National Women in Sport Day is defined as: a day of celebration held to recognize the achievements of female athletes, acknowledge the influence of women’s participation in sports, and honor the progress and ongoing fight for the equality for women in sports. Not just today, but every day, it is important that ALL female athletes are recognized for their hard work, dedication and strength. We are so proud of all the student athletes at St. John’s Cheer today! And every day!»
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Allison McCann, a Red Storm cheerleader, also took to Instagram to celebrate her teammates after the school skip.
«I take this day to wish this team a National Women in Sports Day. A day to recognize the achievements of women athletes and recognize them for all their hard work.» she wrote. “Despite constant neglect, this team does not remain silent. He couldn’t be more proud of this group of athletes for standing up for what we believe is right…”.
«The passion each individual has for this sport should not go unnoticed. When we are given less, we strive for more. We deserve the same recognition as every other ATHLETE. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.»
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Cheerleading coach Carolyn Renda and dance team coach Christine McCarton did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.