Alma, Mich. - STUNT has been recommended to be added as an emerging sport to all three divisions of the NCAA on Tuesday (May 12) by the organization. The NCAA defines an emerging sport as "a women's sport recognized by the NCAA that is intended to help schools provide more athletic opportunities for women and more sport-sponsorship options for the institutions, and also help that sport achieve NCAA championship status." Each division will now vote independently to determine if STUNT will be added to the division's Emerging Sports for Women list and legislation, as well as an effective date, based on the philosophical, strategic, operational and financial priorities of each division.
"I have been honored to serve on the STUNT Advisory Board these last few years," said Alma College Director of Athletics Sarah Dehring. "I am very pleased the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics has recommended STUNT for Emerging Sport status. This will provide more opportunities for women and continue to grow the sport that Alma College has grown to love."
"We have loved our last eight years as a STUNT program and are thrilled that the CWA has recommended STUNT for NCAA emerging sport status," said Alma College Head STUNT Coach Michelle Sabourin. "This is a huge step for female athletes and this sport we love!"
Alma's STUNT team was founded in 2013, finishing as the national runners-up for the past three years. The Scots have made it to STUNT Nationals in six consecutive years — no other Division III school has made it once. Alma has had 47 All-Americans on the team since its inaugural year.
Alma was 7-1 this year before college athletics was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.