If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that youth cheerleading has been growing exponentially in the last decade or so. If you’re of an “older” generation, you may still think of cheerleading as activity involving girls with pom pons who lead the crowd in cheers from the sidelines of football or basketball games. But cheerleading has come a long way.
Today’s cheerleaders, especially those involved in competitive cheer, are now seen as elite athletes. Some might even consider them extreme athletes. Their routines involve complex stunts, adrenaline-inducing tosses, and the type of tumbling you only used to see in competitive gymnastics. It’s a full-fledged sport that’s exciting to watch. Cheerleading was even granted provisional Olympic status by the IOC in 2016, and could be an official Olympic sport by 2028, when the Olympics are held in Los Angeles.
The International Cheer Union (ICU), the world governing body of cheerleading, has more than 4.5 million . . . Read More »