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Stone The Evolution of Cheerleading Kyra Stone October 1, 2011 English 102, Scott Overall I felt that this project was fairly easy and fun especially since we were able to choose our own topics. Being able to choose our own topics made the project seem a lot less painful since it was most likely something that we are interested in. I wanted to interview a woman who is currently a competitive cheerleading coach in Reno and who has also coached in Oregon. Her daughter is also striving for a spot on the University of Louisville team (even though she is only in sixth grade) but is much farther ahead than the rest of her peers are. I felt that this would be a good interview as the entire family has a lot of experience with cheerleading, however the interview fell through and I was disappointed that I did not get to hear her opinion on STUNT. It was also near impossible to find any printed sources about cheerleading but I was glad that I found a few videos (thanks to the fact that STUNT is grabbing people’s attention). It has been interesting to watch cheerleading grow in so many different ways even from when I first began in fifth grade. Kyra Stone December 5, 2011 English 102, Scott The Evolution of Cheerleading
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Stone Some argue that cheerleading isn’t a sport; some even argue that it doesn’t require anything near athletic abilities. It has been fought over for years now to establish whether or not cheerleading should or should not be considered a sport. In an attempt to finally make cheerleading an official NCAA sanctioned sport, USA (United Spirit Association) Cheer released a new competition sport designed to be considered for NCAA Emerging Sport Status. Contrary to popular belief, cheerleading no longer only consists of yelling and jumping around in butt- hugging skirts. It has evolved into something much larger where advanced acrobatic skills, incredible strength as well as flexibility, and stunting skills are all required in order to even be a competitive and desirable athlete. Since its invention in 1898, the public as a whole has continuously failed to recognize cheerleading as a sport. Sideline cheerleading was originally started by Princeton graduate Thomas Peebles who first introduced the idea of leading crowds (in organized cheers) at the football games at the University of Minnesota. Soon after the birth of cheer on November 2, 1898, the University of Minnesota organized a “yell leader” squad of six male students. It wasn’t even until 1923 that women were introduced to the idea of cheerleading; this was originally due to the lack of men cheerleaders from the fact that they were recruited to fight in World War II. At this point tumbling as well as megaphones were incorporated into sideline cheers; both of which are still used in sideline cheer today. From that point on, cheerleading became a primarily female activity and soon evolved into an all-girl activity. (“History”).
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Eriklevitt during the Fall '08 term at Boise State.

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