A Brief History of Cheerleading

A Brief History of Cheerleading
Louie Psihoyos / Corbis

In Sync
Cheerleading remained in its supporting role until the 1980s, when cheerleading competitions, organized by the National Cheerleaders Association and other groups, started to grow in popularity. For the first time, teams got off the sidelines and took center stage, facing off against like-minded teams from all over the U.S. In this photo, a squad prepares for a competition held at State College, Pa.

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