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Stephanie Diener

on 16 October 2012

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History of Cheerleading Stephanie Diener History continued... Present Day Dangers continued... continued... Facts! Cheerleading first began at the University of Minnesota. In 1923 women were finally allowed to cheer! 1990's school cheer reached 1.7 million athletes and "All-Star" cheerleading started. About 25,000 cheerleaders will end up in the emergency room each year. 4 million cheerleaders in 31 countries. Johnny Campbell being a yell-leader and yelling "Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-U-Mah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Minn-e-so-ta!" Johnny and 5 of his friends organized cheers and raised school pride-known to be the first cheerleading squad. Gamma Sigma first cheerleading fraternity in 1903. Majority of cheerleaders were women in the 1940's. Lawrence Herkimer invented the herkie, pom-pom, and spirit stick! In1996, cheerleading was further introduced to the world at the 26th Olympic games. ESPN goes on record in 1999 and says that cheerleading is considered a sport. The USASF and the IASF were founded to support growth of world-wide-cheerleading. 2004, first year they held Worlds, where 14 of top teams competed. However, in 2010 there were 60 countries on 5 continents to compete in Worlds. High school cheerleading accounted for 61.5% catastrophic injuries. College cheer accounted for 66.7% of all female sports catastrophic injuries. Among college athletes there have been 26/39 fatal, disabling or serious injuries in cheerleading. 98% of cheerleaders were former gymnasts. 62% of cheerleaders do a second sport. High school level, 97% are female/ college level 50% are male. average cheerleader is 5'1" and 97 lbs. Myth that cheerleaders are airheads... 83% have a gpa of a "B" or higher. Thank You "I'd trade sweat for strength, I'd trade doubt for belief, but I'd trade Cheerleading for nothing!"
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