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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Cheerleading

Cheerleading began in Great Britain during the 1860's, when students began cheering routines at competitive sporting events and soon the idea spread to the United States.


American cheerleading began at Princeton University in the 1880s with an all-male club charged with leading chants at basketball and American football matches.

The term "Cheer Leader" had been used as early as 1897, with Princeton's football officials having named three students as Cheer Leaders.

The official date that organized cheerleading started was November 2, 1898 at the University of Minnesota. On that day, student Johnny Campbell became the first cheerleader when he directed a crowd in cheering "Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!" towards the football team.

It remained all-male till 1923 when University of Minnesota students formed the first ever female cheer squad.

In 1982 the Super Bowl was broadcast in the UK for the first time, bringing cheerleading with it. Two years later the British Cheerleading Association, was founded.

In 2009, 40-year old Laura Vikmanis joined the Cincinnati Ben–Gals squad, making her the oldest cheerleader in the NFL


Of the United States' 2.9 million female high school athletes, only 3% are cheerleaders, yet cheerleading accounts for nearly 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls' high school athletics.

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry actively recruits college cheerleaders as prescription drug reps to increase sales to male doctors.

Source Radio Times

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