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Transcript of CHEERDANCE
The Grandfather of Cheerleading
Cheerleading continued to evolve and become more athletic and competitive in nature. Seeing a need for camps and clinics, Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer, a former Southern Methodist University cheerleader, formed the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) in 1948. They hosted the first -ever documented cheer clinic one year later in Huntsville, Texas, with just 52 girls in attendance.
NCA continues to be one of the largest cheerleading organizations in the United States, hosting hundreds of camps and competitions yearly. Herkimer did not stop with the establishment of NCA. He went on to create a cheerleading and dance uniform supply company called Cheerleader & Danz Team, invented a prop called the spirit stick, and made up the jump now called the “Herkie.
His contributions to the sport earned him the title “the grandfather of cheerleading.”
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Vol XCIII, No. 311
HISTORY OF CHEERDANCE
EXAMPLES OF CHEERDANCE
cheerleading.Crowds have been cheering since the advent of sports, but it wasn’t until the late 1800’s that organized cheering came to be. In 1883, Great Britain started the trend of cheering and chanting in unison at sports games, but the first official cheer wasn’t performed until 1884 at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
One member of that Princeton audience, Mark Peebles, brought cheerleading with him to the University of Minnesota and created a specific set of cheers for each different game. Peebles took it upon himself to lead the UOM crowd during football games, but another University of Minnesota student, named Johnny Campbell, took organized cheering even further by coordinating an entire team to the lead the crowd. From that day—November 2, 1898—foward, Campbell was known as the world’s first official cheerleader.
Due to Filipinos’ love for dancing, they
added more dance routines to their cheers and came up with the term "CHEERDANCE".