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Cheerleading's roots are closely tied to American football. The first intercollegiate game was played between Princeton University and Rutgers University.

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A Princeton graduate, Thomas Peebles, took Princeton Cheers to the University of Minnesota, where football and fight songs were becoming very popular.

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In 1898, the U of M was on a losing streak, and a medical student named Johnny Campbell put together a team to cheer the team and the crowd.

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Cheerleading grew from there. It wasn't until 1923 that women were allowed to cheer for the first time at the University of Minnesota.

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During this decade, cheerleaders added tumbling and acrobatics to their routines, and the University of Oregon cheerleaders used flashcards for the first time.

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In 1948, Southern Methodist University cheerleader Lawrence "Harky" Herkimer held the first summer cheerleading clinic at Sam Houston State Teachers College.

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By the 1960s, cheerleading was found in virtually every high school and grade school across the country, and cheerleading and youth leagues had also sprung up.

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n 1974, Jeff Webb (who was the general manager of the NCA) founded the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), which taught high-level skills.

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in 1987, the first association dedicated to teaching safety to coaches and advisors. UCA today has grown into the Varsity Spirit Corporation.

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All Star Cheerleading started in the late 80's and grew rapidly in the 90's. All Star Cheerleading focuses on athletic training and competition performance.