Welcome back to our series, Cheerleading History, where we look at the history of cheerleading and how it has shaped the sport as we know it today.
This week, we will be looking at cheerleading between 1994-1996.
Cheerleading continues to grow in the United States and programs for cheerleading begin to start in Central and South American countries. “Cheerleading enthusiasts in the country of Chile, Rodrigo Anguita and Irma Olvares Cea, ask Jeff Webb & UCA to introduce modern cheerleading to their home county of Chile,”. Chile becomes the first country in South America to have UCA introduce the sport of cheerleading. “Over the next 16 years, their new organization “Cheer Chile” and UCA train thousands of cheerleaders throughout the country,…”.
Since ESPN aired the first syndicated UCA National Cheerleading Championships competition in 1982, cheerleading continues to spread in popularity across the Americas.
Also in 1994, “…the Universidad of Puerto Rico Bayamon sends 2 athletes to attend UCA College camp introducing cheerleading to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.”
For the first time, in 1995, “…cheerleading teams from Japan and Chile perform at the UCA United States College National Championship in January…” This sparks interest from several other countries to travel to the United States, and around the world, to compete. “Over the next years, as also with the development of All Star cheerleading, International Cheerleading teams begin traveling to various countries participating in World competition.”
Every four years, the Olympics is aired around the world, and in 1996 “[there were] Cheerleading participates in the Opening Ceremonies of the XXVI Olympiad, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia…” “Future Olympiads would witness participation of Cheerleading at its various sport events.”
Check out the video below between 9:00 and 10:12 to see cheerleading between 1994 and 1996.
Next week we will look at cheerleading more in-depth between 1994 and 1996.
Check out all of the articles in this series here:
This article contains information from cheerunion.org, The International Cheer Union website. Please visit their website for more historical information or other cheerleading related information.
History of Cheerleading. (n.d.). Retrieved September 8, 2015, from http://cheerunion.org/history/cheerleading/
This articles contains information from www.nfhs.org, the Nationals Federation of State High School Association. For more information on Participation Statistics, please visit the National Federation of State High School Associations website.
Retrieve September 28th, 2015 from 40 Years of UCA – Anniversary Highlight Reel. UCA/ Varsity Spirit, 2014. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rocJZGainI