NATIONAL CHEERLEADING WEEK
Every year, the first week in March is designated as National Cheerleading Week and recognizes cheerleading athletes around the world. Linda Lundy founded National Cheerleading Week in 2005 with a vision to bring awareness of cheerleading, and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of today’s cheer athletes.
Did you know
1869 – The original cheer in the United States was the first football game between Rutgers and Princeton. It was an organized chant of “Sis Boom Bah.”
1898 – The first recognized cheerleader was at the University of Minnesota. Student Johnny Campbell directed a crowd cheering “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!.”
1923 – Women first became cheerleaders at the University of Minnesota.
Notable Celebrity Former Cheerleaders
George W. Bush
HOW TO OBSERVE
Invite a cheer coach to your service club, classroom or company brown-bag lunch to talk about the sport.
Follow the week’s observances with the hashtags #nationalcheerleadingweek and #tryoutjudge.
In 2005, Linda Lundy founded Cheerleading Week. The goal of the week’s observance is to build a more positive image of cheerleading by engaging in group activities, community service, and fundraising projects.
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