Cheerleading

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Cheerleading is a sport that uses organized routines that range from 1 minute to 3 minutes made from elements of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at games and matches and/or compete at cheerleading competitions. Cheerleaders draw attention to the event and encourage audience participation. The athlete involved is called a cheerleader.

Cheerleading originates in the United States, and remains a predominantly American activity, with an estimated 1.5 million participants in all-star cheerleading. The growing presentation of the sport to a global audience has been led by the 1997 start of broadcasts of cheerleading competition by ESPN International and the worldwide release of the 2000 film Bring It On. Due in part to this recent exposure, there are now an estimated 100,000 participants scattered around the rest of the world in countries including Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand , the Philippines, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Cheerleading in the United Kingdom has not yet been recognized as a sport. Until it is, it is unlikely a Governing Body will be announced. Competitions now run in the United Kingdom. The largest regional cheerleading competition was the National Cheerleading Federations's held in Milton Keynes in May 2009.

Princeton graduate Thomas Peebles introduced the idea of organized crowds cheering at football games to the Unioversity of Minnesota. However, it was not until 1898 that University of Minnesota student  File:JCampbell.jpgJohnny Campbell directed a crowd in cheering "Rah, Rah, Rah! Sku-u-mar, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!”, making Campbell the very first cheerleader and November 2, 1898 the official birth date of organized cheerleading. Soon after, the University of Minnesota organized a "yell leader" squad of 6 male students, who still use Campbell's original cheer today. In 1903 the first cheerleading fraternity, Gamma Sigma was founded.[ Cheerleading started out as an all-male activity, but females began participating in 1923, due to limited availability of female collegiate sports. At this time, gymnastics, tumbling, and megaphones were incorporated into popular cheers, and are still used today. Today it is estimated that 97% of cheerleading participants overall are female, but males still make up 50% of cheering squads at the collegiate level.    (Wikopedia, the free encyclopedia) 

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