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National Cheerleading Association

National Cheerleading Association

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In 1948, Lawrence "Herkie" Herkimer, of Dallas, TX formed the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) as a way to hold cheerleading clinics. In 1949, the National Cheerleaders Association held its first clinic in Huntsville, TX with 52 girls in attendance.[6] "Herkie" contributed many "firsts" to the sport including: founding the Cheerleader & Danz Team uniform supply company, inventing the herkie, (where one leg is bent towards the ground and the other is out to the side as high as it will stretch in the toe touch position)[7] and perfecting the "Spirit Stick". By the 1960s, college cheerleaders began hosting workshops across the nation, teaching fundamental cheer skills to eager high school age girls.[5] In 1965, Fred Gastoff invented the vinyl pom pom and it was introduced into competitions by the International Cheerleading Foundation (now the World Cheerleading Association or WCA).[5] Organized cheerleading competitions began to pop up with the first ranking of the "Top Ten college Cheerleading Squads" and "Cheerleader All America" awards given out by the International Cheerleading Foundation in 1967.[5] In 1978, America was introduced to competitive cheerleading by the first broadcast of Collegiate Cheerleading Championships on CBS

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