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Cheerleading is a sport that involves short routines that combine dance, gymnastics, and stunting. “Cheerleading’s roots are closely tied to American football’s” (Varsity). The sport started out as a way to boost school spirit, which helped improve team performance. Over time cheerleading has become an All-Star sport of its own (EpicSports).
Cheerleading originated at a football game in 1869 between Princeton University and Rutgers University when students were helping getting the crowd rowdy. By the late 1880’s, Princeton formed an all-male pep club (Varsity). Thomas Peebles, a graduate from Princeton, took the cheers to the University of Minnesota and introduced the idea of chanting to a crowd of spectators (EpicSports). Football and fight songs were becoming extremely popular. At the University of Minnesota, a medical student named Johnny Campbell formed a group to energize both the team and the crowd to help give them more confidence (Varsity). He led an organized cheer at a football game between Princeton and Minnesota University; as a result, many consider him to be the first actual“Cheerleader” (EpicSports). “Johnny picked up a megaphone and rallied the team to victory with the first organized cheer: ‘Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-U-Mah! Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Minn-e-so-tah!’ (Varsity). Although it did not change their luck during the game, it created a lasting trend and an entirely new sport. Cheerleading only continued to grow in sophistication and popularity from there.
Not until the 1920’s were women allowed to cheerlead at the University of Minnesota. “And that’s because there weren’t many intercollegiate sports available to them at the time” which is why college let them as compensation for lack of sports...

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...lub, to an extreme sport showcasing the talent of both males and females of all ages. Practicing is the most important aspect in cheerleading. Many teams practice almost every day of the week for two to three hours to create the perfect routine. These competitive teams train for countless hour to pull off a two minute and thirty second routine filled with high-flying stunts, powerful tumbling, and impressive teamwork. In many sports, athletes have a lot of time to redeem themselves if they are having a hard time getting the win; however, cheerleaders the athletes only have two minutes and thirty seconds to show the judges what they’ve got. Cheerleading for school is very different from competitive cheerleading. Those who represent their high school or college, cheer for the athletes to win. Those who cheer competitively, are part of the team working for the win.
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