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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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J3SSY123

24/Female
Pompano Beach, FL
Posted On: October 16, 2007
AT MY SCHOOL IM THE FIRST BLACK PERSON TO BE A CHEERLEADER! MY SCHOOL IS RASES (COLLAGE)
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MissCallie

19/Female
Hillsboro, OH
Posted On: October 16, 2007
Girls being a cheerleader is alot of work! trust me! i was a cheerleader last year.
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J3SSY123

24/Female
Pompano Beach, FL
Posted On: October 15, 2007
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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 15, 2007
Ok look.i spell it out so ppl will understand wat i rite ok. . And like i dont think you know this but um U DONT GO TO MY SCHOOL, so how do u know that my school does not depend on cheerleaders for a good mood. I said "good mood" not spirit, DUH!.And whats up with dat word conceited,conceited,conceited, Shut the *** up!And so far u are 1 of the worst creeps and oh thats MY opinion! And u dont hav to share my veiw of point ok nobody said a word bout dat.

And so far um MY LIFE IS BETTER THAN URS! HA! And im not a **** alabamablonde1 cuz im a cheerleader and ur calling me a ****. And ive had a hard life so dont get a attitude **** ok! Go spread this **** sum wer else!

Yours Meanly,

Liliane
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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 15, 2007
ok look
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 15, 2007
oh and another thing, what is with you spelling everything out? and i seriously doubt that everyone at ur school depends on your school spirit.
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 15, 2007
i know a few cheerleaders. they are so conceited! and maryharruna, what is with you , people who say that cheerleaders are bad aren't creeps! jesus, just because we don't share your view point. omg geta life
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: October 15, 2007
All the cheerleaders I know = ugly but concieted sl*uts
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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 14, 2007
And plz dont get N.O attitude with me

Im just trying to defend the 1 thing i love!

If you new my life, you would understand the tough timez. And if you new you would know why i depend on chearleading!

Liliane ♥

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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 14, 2007
And again, "2...4...6...8... You know that you cant hate!

We are better just belive.We are better we cant be defete! "

Im just saying if you get to know the cheerleaders at my school, they are V.E.R.Y nice.And cheeleaders can N.E.V.E.R go down!

♥ Cheerleading Rockz ♥

You can comment me at maryharruna OR Emo_Luver_4_evr.

*Liliane*
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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 14, 2007
*who now wgo
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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 14, 2007
*people not peple
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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 14, 2007
*word not wor
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maryharruna

35/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: October 14, 2007
OMG! All you creeps that say cheerleaders are stuck up and self centered & must have a B to C average you are W.R.O.N.G.! I am a cheeleader in my school. I get all my grades an A+. And we do now think we are all that.Its just because in my school all the students trust on the cheeleaders to keep the school in a happy mood.

And we are N.O.T stuck up to me that wor meens peple wgo dislike cheeleaders! And last but not least self centered, what in the world! Well now what i said might change your mind of chearleaders! If it does'nt try being one and u dont have to be good and gymnastics or do backflips or anything! Just having the spirit can get you on my team. Well i made my point i hope you can convince me you made your.
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rejhoopster121

106/Female
Bulgaria
Posted On: October 14, 2007
Oh god. I prefer dancing. While doing a dancing/singing workshop a few weeks back, the sister of a 4th grader was there, snapping gum, skirt to short, blonde and idiotic as the stereotype is.
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