Cheerleading patch

Cheerleading patch

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Description (Brief)
Cheerleading patch is a black megaphone with a red letter "N."
A decidedly American invention, cheerleading has its origins in sports and education. Beginning as early as 1877, fans organized cheers in the stands at Princeton football games but it was not until the 1930s when Gussie Nell Davis, a physical education teacher at Greenville High in Texas, saw the need to involve girls in physical activity. Participation in organized sports was not readily available to girls at this time - the Flaming Flashes and later, the Kilgore Rangerettes of Kilgore College in Texas, both organized by Davis, provided a sense of unity and empowerment through athleticism. Until Title IX, cheerleading was among the few sports available at the high school and collegiate levels that provided opportunities for women.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patch, cheerleading
date made
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
felt (overall material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 10 in; 16.51 cm x 25.4 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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