2 Nov : First cheerleader was a male, females entered quite later

Cheerleaders are common these days in almost all matches, be it cricket, football or hockey. But World’s first cheerleader appeared in a football match. It was not until today in 1898, that University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell directed a crowd in cheering for the football match.

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Johnny Campbell

’Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!’ …… This was the first cheer by Campbell.

Soon after, the University of Minnesota organized a ‘yell leader’ squad of six male students, who still use Campbell’s original cheer.”

In 1923, at the University of Minnesota, women were admitted into cheerleading. However, it took time for other schools to follow.  It was around 1940, during World War II when males were entering army, females took over the job of cheerleading.

Baseball got its first cheerleaders in 2003 and The ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2007 was the first international cricket event to have cheerleaders.

The 1890’s saw the first use of the word “cheerleader” referring to fans in the stands that would start cheers.

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1898 में आज चीयरलीडिंग की शुरुआत हुई थी। अमेरिका की मिनेसोटा यूनिवर्सिटी में एक फुटबॉल के मैच के दौरान जॉनी कैंपबेल नामक व्यक्ति ने चीयरलीडिंग की थी। तब पुरुष ही चीयरलीडर होते थे। दूसरे विश्वयुद्ध के दौरान 1940 के दशक में कॉलेज से पुरुषों के सेना में शामिल होने के साथ ही महिलाओं को उनकी जगह लेने का मौका मिला। और इसी के साथ चीयरलीडिंग में महिलाएं भी शामिल होने लगीं।