1956 Inspired by baton twirling, Herkie creates a "shake-a-roo" out of a stick and crepe paper, forming the first pom pon. 1957 The Spirit Stick is born when Herkie plucks a branch from a tree and paints it red, white and blue in order to recognize a less-talented, but hard-working squad atan NCA camp. 1960s Cheerleading becomes a staple at universities, high schools and grade schools- 1965 International Cheerleading Foundation (ICF) founder Randy L Neil introduces a new type of pom pon made with vinyl strandsinvented by manufacturer Fred Gastoff. 1967 Peewee and youth league cheerleading become a part of Pop Warner football. 1970 Cheerleading continues to expand, and incorporating partner stunts, coed pyramids, elite tumbling and dance into routines becomes popular. 1972 Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 passes, which insists that schools receiving federal funding must offer equal opportunities for both men and women- including athletics. The legislation results in more opportunities to cheer for women's sports. 1973 California Sped arty Camps' Michael Olmstead teaches the first mascot camp withthehelpofa mime and experts from the character program at Disneyland. 1974 Former NCA general manager Jeff Webb founds the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and a new cheer giant emerges. 1976 UCA staff debuts the Liberty and teaches toss stunts to their campers. 1978 The first nationally televised cheer competition, ICF's National Collegiate Cheerleading Championships, is broadcast on CBS. 1979 UCA adds the Basket Toss into the camp curriculum and inaugurates the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC).
History of Cheerleading
1869The very first intercollegiate football game is played (only two years after the sport itself was patented!) between New Jersey's Princeton University and Rutgers University. At this momentous game, the residents of Princeton's Nassau Hall yell a locomotive- style cheer of "Sis Boom Rah!"Early 1880sPrinceton forms an all-male pep club, and the first "yell" (yet to be called "cheer") is recorded: Ray, Ray, Ray! Tiger, Tiger, Tigerl Sis, Sis, Sis! Boom, Boom, Boom! Aaaaah, Princeton! Princeton! Princeton!1884Princeton grad Thomas Peebles brings the Princeton cheers to the University of Minnesota, where football and fight songs were gaining popularity.1898After a three-gam...