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Mikaella Dela Cruz, Contributor

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  • Cheerleading is over 100 years old. In the beginning, all cheerleaders were men.
  • The first cheerleaders in the U.S. were organized by a Princeton graduate named Thomas Peebles. It’s said that he moved to Minnesota and there, he spurred the idea of organized cheers to support the University of Minnesota football team.
  • Women joined cheerleading squads in 1923. During World War II, the shift to mostly female cheer squads began.
  • 97 percent of all cheerleaders are female. However, almost 50 percent of collegiate cheerleaders are male.
  • 80 percent of schools in the U.S. have cheerleading squads. The most popular sport for cheer leading is football.
  • Some of the most common cheerleading injuries are broken arms and busted lips. Most happen during pyramids.
  • Pom poms are the decorative balls of handheld streamers that cheerleaders often use as visual props.
  • They tend to like crowd pleasin’, foot stompin’, hand clappin’ cheers or chants.
  • In the 1960s, NFL teams began to form cheer squads.
  • Gymnastics, dance, and flexibility all play an important role in being a good cheerleader.

Credits: http://www.omnicheer.com/blog/post/did-you-know-10-facts-about-cheerleading, 

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