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The history of cheerleading has its roots in ancient times, going back to the early Olympic Games and even the Roman Coliseum.

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If it seems like football and cheerleading are inextricably linked, that's because they are. As the story goes.

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The cheer was rather primitive by today's standards, but it served the purpose of rousing the crowd and rousing the team.

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It must have been a great experience, because Princeton graduate Thomas Peebles later brought the game of football to the University.

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Despite these early efforts, it is Johnny (Jack) Campbell who is credited as the modern father of cheerleading.

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The women eventually joined the University of Minnesota's cheerleading squad, and cheers began to evolve from simple crowd chants.

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As you now know, men were the primary cheerleaders during the sport's infancy, while women cheered from the stands.

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The first basket toss was held in 1979. To perform the stunt, the flyer jumps on a hand held between the bases and is then thrown into the air.

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Cheerleading became serious enough to warrant its own organization, thus the American Cheerleaders Association was founded.

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Cheer clinics and camps were designed to train young people interested in the art of cheering. Originally originating in schools for team support.