With the goal of spreading cheerleading worldwide, the International Cheer Union
proudly welcomes its 75th member country! Joining the recent additions to the ICU, Sri Lanka and British Virgin Islands, Greece just recently completed the membership process. The ICU now counts all five continents in their membership!
“We are celebrating just how widespread cheer has become across the world,” says Karl Olsen, Secretary General of the ICU. “What started on an American college campus more than a hundred years ago has become a beloved sport on every continent.”
The ICU was formed as the non-profit international governing body of cheerleading with the mission to advance cheerleading globally. The organization promotes healthy competition, rule development and education for parents, coaches, and students, with the idea in mind of cheerleading as a safe and organized sport. The ICU held its first World Championship this April in Orlando, Florida with cheerleading teams from 40 countries competing for titles.
“This milestone represents the growing popularity of cheer across the world,” says Jeff Webb, President of the ICU. “Cheerleading’s growth is a testament to its popularity among athletes, its ease of entry, and it’s fundamentally positive nature.”
The ICU plans to continue its goal towards formal recognition the official world governing body for cheerleading, hoping to grow swiftly. With this idea in mind, the ICU will be submitting formal, final documents to the international sports organizations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Assembly of Sports Federations (GAISFs).
For more information on the International Cheer Union, visit their website at www.cheerunion.org
. You can also view the ICU photo gallery right here!