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(October 07, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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There is one activity that requires true athleticism but is almost always overlooked as the sport it is. Cheerleaders root on the “real” athletes according to much of culture, but anyone who’s ever been to a practice or tried a few of those tumbling passes knows exactly how much strength and energy goes into cheerleading.

History of Cheerleading

The first organized cheers were heard at Princeton in the United States. But the University of Minnesota really got the cheerleader movement going. Cheerleading officially began on November 2, 1898 when a group of young men led the Minnesota football fans in a chant that is still used today.

It wasn’t until the 1920s that girls got involved in cheerleading. The University of Minnesota led the pack again and started adding girls and tumbling to their cheers. The use of megaphones and flashcards also started up in the early 1900s. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, pom-poms made their appearance, but the ones we use today didn’t show up until the 1960s.

In 1967, the first of the cheerleading competitions began. College cheerleading was the focus in magazines and rankings, but younger cheerleaders were beginning to show their stuff. The 1970s made cheerleading a real sport. Cheerleading now started to include stunts, pyramids, difficult tumbling and jumps. Colleges started offering cheerleaders scholarships and offered courses to train cheer coaches.

Since then cheerleading has become increasingly well known and well respected. While we normally think of girls as being the only cheerleaders, male yell leaders and cheerleaders were just as common and still are in some schools. In fact, some colleges, such as Texas A&M University, only allow male yell leaders. They don’t have girl cheerleaders.

Cheerleading Today

Today cheerleading is at all levels. College cheerleaders are still the top of the pack, and high school cheerleaders are nothing to sneeze at. Most middle schools have cheerleaders and elementary aged kids can join squads outside of school.

Cheerleading requires a lot of skill and devotion. The gymnastics require strength and agility while the stunts and pyramids require trust and a great deal of training. The best cheerleaders train for years and study a combination of gymnastics and dance in addition to learning cheer routines and specific stunts.

Cheerleading, along with football, is unique as far as reputations are concerned. The cheerleaders and football stars are often among the most popular students in school. They often have plenty of friends and just as many enemies. Some are envious of the cheerleaders’ popularity and others just don’t care for that much school spirit. Whatever the reason, cheerleaders are often labeled with rather unattractive nicknames and are often the center of gossip. In a way, this is the price they pay for being a mini celebrity.

And speaking of celebrities, there are many icons that have spent some time doing cheers. Among the most famous is a United States President and General, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other older celebrity cheerleaders include Kirk Douglas, Meryl Streep and Cybil Shepard. The list of younger celebrity cheerleaders is just too long to even contemplate. One thing I’m sure of, though, is that cheerleading is a serious sport, and those girls (and guys) are true athletes and have earned my admiration – even if I am a bit jealous since I can’t do a back flip to save my life…


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bamagirlmb

21/Female
Attalla, AL
Posted On: January 26, 2009
ive been a cheerleader for 5 years
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xocheerhottie4

19/Female
Long Grove, IL
Posted On: June 1, 2008
i can agree most with Blondie 30
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: December 13, 2007
cheerleading is so cool and fun! check out my pro.
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Cherry_Blossom

19/Female
Posted On: December 12, 2007
love cheerleading, cheerleader since 3rd grade ^-^

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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: December 10, 2007
seriously! i did it before it is so awesome!

i love the cartwheels, and backhands, round offs, cute uniforms, and most o f all, SCHOOL SPIRIT!

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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: December 10, 2007
Cheerladign is so cool!
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bubu28

20/Female
Taylor, MI
Posted On: December 9, 2007
I wanted to be in cheerleaing
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vanasa2427

22/Female
Fort Pierce, FL
Posted On: November 24, 2007
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 21, 2007
lol ok then erica w.e. like i give a s***!!!!!!!

o and um snowflakepudge look um.. i know that like u called me insukts and stuff on yoshies back2 school cool thing , but yoshie is a bit*h@ i dont think u should b her friend!!! seriously!!!1
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 20, 2007
sry ever1 i luuuuuuuv cheerleading!
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 15, 2007
i know dum dum thats why i just told u to call m,e!!!!!1

lol
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 12, 2007
kai kai keep it off the forum!!!!!!!
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
look whitskywarrior if u dont want to talk to me on here just call me, we need to talk
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
the thing is you need to make up ur mind if ur gonna be friends or not because u know i wont wait forever
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
k erica?
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