Concordia University Chicago has announced its plans to add STUNT as a varsity sport for the 2021-2022 school year.

STUNT is a competitive, cheer-based sport focused on skills, including partner stunts, pyramids and tosses, jumping and tumbling, and team routine. Each of these routines are required in accordance with the rules of the sport.

According to USACheer.org, STUNT is the fastest-growing women’s sport in the country. There are currently 48 STUNT programs in the NCAA as of 2020, including nine programs to be added in 2021. Concordia-Chicago is set to be the first university in Illinois to offer a STUNT program.

“Concordia-Chicago is excited to add more opportunities for female student athletes. I want to thank Dirvelys Allen, spirit programs director; Jeff Hynes, senior vice president for university advancement; and President Russell Dawn for their support of this new program,” Director of Athletics Pete Gnan said. “We believe Concordia-Chicago will provide an outstanding experience for the students.”

Unlike cheer, which consists of single teams performing short routines, STUNT games are 45-60 minutes in length and feature two teams head-to-head in competition over four quarters. After each quarter, the higher scoring team has the option of choosing which routine will be performed next.

“I am thrilled that we are able to provide this new, exciting opportunity for female student-athletes!” said Allen. “I am enthusiastic to see our STUNT program grow and become nationally recognized.”

CUC is currently in the process of searching for a head coach to guide its STUNT program, which is slated to begin play in spring 2022.

More information about STUNT the sport can be found at www.usacheer.org/stunt/stuntthesport.