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Cheerleading began during the late 18th century with the rebellion of male students. After the American Revolutionary War.

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In the 1860s, students from Great Britain began to cheer and chant in unison for their favorite athletes at sporting events.

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The term "Cheer Leader" had been used as early as 1897, with Princeton's football officials having named three students.

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These students would cheer for the team also at football practices, and special cheering sections were designated in the stands.

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It was not until 1898 that University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell directed a crowd in cheering.

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November 2, 1898 is the official birth date of organized cheerleading. Soon after, the University of Minnesota organized a "yell leader" squad.

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Women cheerleaders were overlooked until the 1940s when collegiate men were drafted for World War II, creating the opportunity.

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Texas. 52 girls were in attendance. The clinic was so popular that Herkimer was asked to hold a second, where 350 women attendance.

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Professional cheerleaders put a new perspective on American cheerleading. Women were exclusively chosen for dancing.

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Professional cheerleaders put a new perspective on American cheerleading. Women were exclusively chosen for dancing.