Some interesting facts about cheerleading are that the sport dates back to the late 1800s and the majority of cheerleaders at that time were men. Johnny Campbell was one of the first cheerleaders.
As of 2014, the vast majority of cheerleaders in the United States are women and over 80 percent of American schools have cheerleading squads. While some schools have cheerleaders for all of their squads, football is the most popular sport for cheerleading. Most cheerleaders at the competitive level have either dancing or gymnastic backgrounds. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are perhaps the most well-known squad in the United States.