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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 ďrealĒ athletes according to much of culture, but anyone whoís 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 wasnít 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 didnít 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 donít 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 cheerleadersí popularity and others just donít 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 Iím sure of, though, is that cheerleading is a serious sport, and those girls (and guys) are true athletes and have earned my admiration Ė even if I am a bit jealous since I canít do a back flip to save my lifeÖ


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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
um ok......

but i know ur still mad atme erica so ya
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
or wants to
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
ok lolo, i no that ur srry and everything, but seriously, if u want 2 really apologize, then dont do it on this forum k? call me up if really wanna make up, becuz i dont think that evreyone else needs to see our arguments up close.
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
hey agian ok last time it didnt download right so ya i forgot this thank you please hold ur applause

lol im ranDoOm
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
Yes i am very random in case you were wondering :ja rswim:

ukeon: this is for you ericaand lolo..........
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 11, 2007
hey whiteskywarrioir since i can't use ur real name on here i'll call you the... hm um well.......... actually i cant think of any nicknmaes 4 you, but anyways im not talking 2 you to be random, its just because lolo was at my house and then she wanted to say that she was sorry, ut then she saw what u said, so ya sorry im a crazy monkey so ya buh bye for noW.
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 10, 2007
lol lolo ur so funny and random this is for you

hee hee
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 10, 2007
hi erica its kai kai i just want to let u know that we were only calling u cheezy cuz we were hgigh on sugar, so ya, u know how i can be
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 10, 2007
look at page 3-2 what maryharruna said
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 10, 2007
lolo:u know i do feel bad about this whole situation but since u called me a B**** then never mind so ya bye bye 4 now!
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 10, 2007
and i really mean that
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 9, 2007
lolo, get lost, dont talk to me if you're gonna be such a b****, i dont wanna see you ever again, so go ahead and call me cheesy and laugh with kai kai about this, becuz i dont wanna hear or see you for a long time, aka forever, kay? thank yew
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snowflakepudge

19/Female
Gibsonville, NC
Posted On: November 9, 2007
Heyy Blondie? I read all the comments, and I no take sides, but please point it out where that girl insulted your friend. I didn't see it and I wanna kno cuz I'll help ya'll out!
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 9, 2007
hey whiteski warrior its lolo and i'm at kai kais house so hahah
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 9, 2007
what the heck?

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