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 2006-2008.
In 2006, “USASF/IASF host the 3rd World Cheerleading Championships “Cheerleading Worlds” at the Walt Disney World Resort taped for the ESPN global broadcast.” The 3rd annual cheerleading worlds hosted “15 nations, 4 continents, 150 world teams compete for a World Championship title”.
In November 2006, “ICU directors conduct cheerleading training camps throughout the People’s Republic of China, and assist with 1st televised China Cheerleading National Championships held in Wuhan, PRC.”
In April 2007, the “USASF/IASF host the 4th World Cheerleading Championships “Cheerleading Worlds” at the Walt Disney World Resort taped for the ESPN global broadcast.” The World Cheerleading Championship continued to grow in popularity as “19 nations, 4 continents, 200 world teams compete for a World Championship title.”
In September 2007, “The IASF National Federation membership (19 nations) also forms the International Cheer Union (“ICU”) as an additional 501 (c ) not-for-profit organization to enhance efforts in supporting national federation & continental confederation development, World Championships for national teams, world recognition efforts by international sports authorities, and to support the safe development of cheerleading around the world.”
Also, in September 2007, “Along with many other developing national federations, the Unites States Federation for Sport Cheering (“USA Cheer”) is registered as a not-for-profit 501 (c ) organization as the National Governing body for Cheer in the USA.”
In April 2008, “IASF/ICU host the 5th World Cheerleading Championships “Cheerleading Worlds” at the Walt Disney World Resort taped for the ESPN global broadcast”. The global growth of cheerleading continues to increase as in one year, “25 nations, 4 continents, 300 world teams compete for a world championship title.” That is 6 more nationals and 100 more teams competing than the year prior.
In July 2008, “International Cheer Union holds its first coaches and athlete training on the Africa continent in Kampala, Uganda for the ICU NF Uganda Cheerleading Association.”
In September of 2008, cheerleading takes the next step in becoming an internationally recognized sport. The “International Cheer Union grows to 50 member federations [and] submits its provisional membership application to the International Olympic Committee.”
By the end of 2008, the, “International Cheer Union grows to 56 member federations.”
Check out the video below between 12:26 and 13:23 to see cheerleading between 2006 and 2008.
Next week we will look at cheerleading more in-depth between 2009 and 2011.
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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/
Retrieve September 28th, 2015 from 40 Years of UCA – Anniversary Highlight Reel. UCA/ Varsity Spirit, 2014. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rocJZGainI