Happy birthday, cheerleading! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
120 years ago today, Johnny Campbell jumped the railings at a University of Minnesota game yelling and leading the crowd with a rousing:
“Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah!
Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!”
And became the very first cheerleader in history! Soon after, the University of Minnesota created an all-male yell squad, who continued to use Campbell’s cheer. In fact, the same cheer can be heard on the sidelines today.
So take a moment to thank Johnny Campbell and his enthusiasm, without which we wouldn’t have the vibrant, exciting and super cool sport we all love today.