A Brief History of Cheerleading

A Brief History of Cheerleading
National Cheerleaders Association

Seminal Moment
In 1948, Lawrence "Herkie" Herkimer, a cheerleader at Southern Methodist University formed the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) as a way to hold cheerleading clinics. The NCA’s first clinic, held in Huntsville, TX, drew 52 girls and one boy. Herkimer is credited with originating many of cheerleading's fundamental moves — including the "Herkie", named for him — and with making cheerleading the national and global phenomenon that it is today.

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