National Cheerleading Week
National Cheerleading Week occurs during the first week in March and recognizes cheerleaders for what they are: exceptional athletes. For far too long, the hard work and dedication of cheer athletes have been dismissed, a fact that this week is trying to rectify. Cheerleading not only requires flexibility and coordination but also requires physical strength and determination.
They not only support the sports teams of their chosen schools but also participate in cheer competitions across the United States. This week is perfect for cheerleaders wishing to show the world about what they do or for people who wish to celebrate the cheerleaders in their community.
The History Of National Cheerleading Week
This holiday week was created by Linda Lundy in 2005. Her goal in creating this week was to build a positive image of cheerleading and to spread the love for cheerleading using community service projects, group activities, and various fundraising opportunities. Lately, word of this holiday week has also been spread across the Internet using the hashtag #NationalCheerleadingWeek.
Interesting Facts About Cheerleaders
Want some interesting cheerleader facts? Of course, you do. That’s why we’ve decided to list some of the facts we’ve learned about these athletes below.
- Cheerleading is over 100-years old. Originally, cheerleaders were men not women.
- Johnny Campbell led the first male cheerleader squad on November 2, 1899, during a Princeton and University of Minnesota football game.
- In 1903, the first cheerleaders were founded as the Gamma Sigma Fraternity.
- Women began to become cheerleaders in 1923.
- Over 80% of U.S schools have cheerleader squads.
- Approximately 63% of all cheerleaders participate in an additional sport.
Observing National Cheerleading Week
All people have to do to spread the word about this week is to take the time to spread the love for cheerleading. This can be done by funding a cheerleading squad, inviting a cheer coach to speak at your event, or simply by giving a shout-out to cheerleading professionals. People can also learn more about the sport of cheerleading so they can give the entire profession the respect it deserves.