The Sport of Cheerleading

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Cheerleading varies in many different ways. It could mean yelling, to intense physical activity for sports, audience entertainment, or just for competition. Although it doesn’t seem like it, cheerleading started as an all-male sport. Whereas now, most males think that it is a girls sport. In 1877, Princeton University had a “Princeton Cheer”. It was yelled by the students from the stands. It was also yelled by the baseball and football athletes themselves. Thomas Peebles, Princeton graduate, moved to Minnesota with the idea of organized crowds cheering at football games to the University of Minnesota.
In 1898, Johnny Campbell directed a crowd cheering, making him the very first cheerleader. November 2, 1898 was named the official birth date of organized cheerleading. Campbell’s original cheer is still used today at the University of Minnesota. A couple of years later, women began to join organized cheer groups.
In 1907, women began to dominate the cheer world. It was during World War II, when few men were able to be involved in organized sports. It was determined that 97% of all modern cheerleading participants were overall females. At the collegiate level, cheerleading is coed with about 50% being male. Megaphones, gymnastics, and tumbling began to emerge in different cheers that are still being used today.
In 1948, Lawrence Herkimer, formed the National cheerleaders Association (NCA). NCA was formed to hold clinics for cheerleading. The first clinic was held in 1949 in

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