You are here:

FREE Newsletter

Inventors Pom Poms or Pompons - The Cheerleading Innovation

Cheerleading has quite a history behind it; in the 1860's, students in Great Britain began cheering at competitive sporting events and soon the idea spread to the United States.

The first cheerleaders were organized by Princeton Pep club member Thomas Peebler. The six cheerleaders performed at a Princeton University vs University of Minnesota American football game on November 2, 1898. The head cheerleader was Johnny Campbell and all six cheerleaders were men. Women cheerleaders did not appear until the early 1920s. The first use of pom poms or pompons can be traced back to the 1930s, all handmade from paper. Fred Gastoff invented the first vinyl pompoms in 1965, first used by the International Cheerleading Foundation.

Pampering Your Pompons
Choosing your pom pons is not a simple matter. Poms come in a variety of colors and color mixes.
How to Fluff Your Pompons
Learn this simple method to get your new pompons nice and fluffy.
The History of Cheerleading
Comprehensive listing of sites covering the history of cheerleading.
Cheerleading 101
If you're considering trying out for a position on a cheerleading or dance team, look here first.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

©Mary Bellis

From Mary Bellis,
Your Guide to Inventors.
FREE Newsletter. Sign Up Now!

Important disclaimer information about this About site.

Newsletters & RSSEmail to a friendAdd to
All Topics | Email Article | |
Our Story | Be a Guide | Advertising Info | News & Events | Work at About | Site Map | Reprints | Help
User Agreement | Ethics Policy | Patent Info. | Privacy Policy | Kids' Privacy Policy

©2006 About, Inc., A part of The New York Times Company. All rights reserved.
Mental Health

Depression Self-Test Vitamins for Depression? Bipolar Red Flags Coping With Disasters Celebrities With Bipolar

What's Hot

Gyroscopes - Elmer Sperry and Charles Stark Draper Gyroscope...Angel AlcalaThe History of the BikiniRusi Taleyarkhan Jack Johnson