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The concept of shouting has been around for as long as civilization has formed teams. Think of the crowd cheering for the gladiators at the Coliseum in Rome.

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Even with that short history, cheerleading is still growing and developing new disciplines that are exciting to watch, coach and participate in!

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The first known organized cheers and changes to what we know as cheerleading took place at Ivy League college sporting events in the 1860s.

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By November 2, 1898, spontaneous cheers and chants erupted from the crowd. Most likely, they were not always done in unison, and even competing groups.

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That same day, University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell rose from his seat and took the field to lead the student body in a chant.

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Other students soon joined Johnny on the field, and as opposing fans saw the effectiveness of a group firing into the crowd.

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Although women were allowed to be on the cheerleading squad, Yale cheerleaders were predominantly male until World War II.

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The clinic drew 52 cheerleaders, which prompted a second clinic attended by 350 cheerleaders. Harkey created the first cheerleading training organization.

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The clinic drew 52 cheerleaders, which prompted a second clinic attended by 350 cheerleaders. Harkey created the first cheerleading training organization.

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For cheerleading this meant that cheerleaders who participated in other athletics became stronger and more agile.