After dropping its 87-year-old team name, the Redskins, the WaShiNgToN FoOtBaLL TeAm announced today that they are also getting rid of cheerleaders.
To be more "inclusive, modern, and diverse," of course.
As the Washington Football Team's organizational rebrand continues, the NFL franchise will not field cheerleaders in 2021.
Instead, after more than 50 seasons with a consistent cheerleading presence, a coed dance squad will take the field for the WFT's gameday entertainment. Petra Pope, the club's newly hired senior adviser, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that the new dance squad looks to become more modern and diverse, with a "skillset of being super athletic, which is what we're really honing in on."
"We want to be more inclusive, so we are going to invite a coed entity (to audition)," Pope said. "We're able to do more things with the strength of a male, and lifts, so that's changed a great deal. The inclusivity, strength and interest of choreography has changed."
Pope also said that the future dance squad will not participate in calendar photo shoots. At least we have that to be grateful for.