National Cheerleading Week

National Cheerleading Week occurs during the first week of 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 aims to rectify. Cheerleading not only requires flexibility and coordination but also physical strength and determination.

They support not only 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 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 through community service projects, group activities, and various fundraising opportunities. Lately, the 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, 1898, during a Princeton and University of Minnesota football game.
  • In 1903, the first cheerleader fraternity was 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.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
March 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
March 1 Wednesday
Activity & Action, Sports