The History of Cheerleading | Cheerleading’s Early History

The history of cheerleading goes as far back as the late 1880s. The first organized, recorded yell was performed at a pep rally: “Rah, Rah, Rah! TIGER, TIGER, SIS, SIS, SIS! BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! Aaaaah! PRINCETON, PRINCETON, PRINCETON!” Although a good start, it did not carry over from the pep rally to the game for a few more years. One of Princeton’s alumni, Thomas Peebles, moved to the University of Minnesota and in addition to taking along that first pep rally cheer, he also created a college “fight song.” However, it was Johnny Campbell, a first-year medical student, who led the initially organized cheer at a game in 1898. The inspiration to jump out in front of the bleachers came from two sources: a student letter and a professor’s response. A student fan had written to the school newspaper to complain that their losing team would start winning if it had the backing of the fans. One of the university’s professors took this statement one step further and declared that the collective stimuli of hundreds of students, focused on sending positive energy, would turn the tide of their losing streak. Johnny latched on to the theory and moved the cheers to the game. His example filtered to other campuses, paving the way for bigger changes, thus the history of cheerleading began.

Cheerleading’s Early History

Cheerleading was now a recognized force in schools. “Yell leaders” in the 1930s began to use megaphones, drums, and noisemakers to heighten the excitement. Then came World War II and men left to fight. Women took over cheerleading and began to dominate the sport. In fact, when Laurence “Herkie” Herkimer founded the spirit industry and organized the first cheerleader camp at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1948, 52 girls attended. The camp taught fundamental cheerleading skills. Throughout the next two decades and into the ’70s, the sport branched out to support wrestling, track, and swimming, in addition to the well-established football and basketball. The expansion of cheerleading inevitably attracted the attention of television producers and, in1978, the International Cheerleading Foundation initiated the first nationwide broadcast of the Collegiate Cheerleading Championships.

Quote Candle Fundraiser

Quote Candle Fundraiser is our “feel good” candle fundraising program.  Each candle label comes with an inspiring quote designed to lift spirits and profits.  The fundraising candles are highly fragrant, long burning, lead-free wicked candles that are competitively priced and attractively packaged. Plus, you make a 50% profit on every candle you sell and can qualify for free shipping.

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Candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each candle you sell. The only additional charge you may incur is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 candles.

Each candle sells for only $20 each.

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Cheerleading scratch card

Cheerleading scratch cards are an obvious choice for a cheerleading fundraiser. With their natural outgoing personalities, cheerleaders are champs at encouraging others to go for the win! Meaning they can easily cheer people on to donate money to their team. Each cheerleading scratch card raises $100 and shipping is free.

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Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 85%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

 

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $5.00 $100.00 $9,500 95%
25 $7.00 $100.00 $2,325 93%
10 $10.00 $100.00 $900 90%
1 min. $15.00 $100.00 $85 85%
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We are pleased to introduce our digital discount cards fundraiser!

Easy Fundraising Ideas is partnering with SquadFan to bring you the latest technology for this amazingly easy and profitable fundraising idea.

Your all digital fundraiser eliminates the need to hassle with paper or plastic fundraising discount cards.  Raise money by offering your supporters a digital fundraiser app they can use right from their phone.  No more purchasing a physical fundraising card or coupon book and finding you left it at home every time you want to use it.  No minimum order and no leftover cards or books at the end!

Simply sign up 10-12 of your local merchants to advertise in your app and we will take care of the rest.  Once your fundraising discount cards app is ready your participants can email or post the link on social media to start raising profits.

If the prospect of signing up local merchants seems like an overwhelming task, let us do the work for you!  For a minimal charge we will take the burden off your hands.  We will sign up merchants local to your area and publish your digital fundraising discount cards.  All you have to do is encourage your group to promote and participate to meet the fundraiser goals!

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What You Should Know

Digital Discount Cards or E-Coupon Books allow merchants to offer any kind of deal (single use, multi-use, quantity-limited, time bound or unlimited).

Local merchants love the opportunity to support local schools, clubs, and non-profits.  There is no upfront cost for merchants to participate.  It is free advertising for merchants to build their customer base while supporting a good cause.

It is as simple as downloading the merchant agreement and signing up 10-12 local merchants.

 

Profit and Cost

  • Set-up fee is $200
  • Fee is refunded once 150 cards are sold
  • Sell each digital discount card for $30
  • Earn $20 per card sold
  • Optional Merchant Sign up Fee $200
  • There are no other costs ever
Set up Cost Profit per Card Profit %
$200 $20 66%
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Blow the lid off your fundraising efforts with our Gourmet Popcorn Fundraiser. Offer your supporters gourmet bags of popcorn that come in eight scrumptious flavors.  This popcorn is gluten-free, MSG-free, and made with Non-GMO corn. Your group will make a 50% profit and can even qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

There is no money upfront required to start this popcorn fundraiser. We provide free brochures, order forms, and cash collection envelopes. You pay us after you sell the popcorn. This way you can use the money you collect to pay for your order.

When you place your order, Easy Fundraising Ideas will calculate the cost of your order based on the profit percentage you earned. You will pay us that amount of money and keep your profit.

Profit and Cost

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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Sports fundraising goes hand-in-hand with playing sports. Whether you are a basketball, football, soccer, or cheerleading organization, we have fundraisers that will score big money for your team.

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