In addition to pom poms, the history of cheerleading tells us that other iconic accessories for cheerleading include spirit sticks and megaphones. Spirit sticks are not only important to individual cheerleaders and teams, they are also a crowd favorite. The same goes for megaphones; they are used by stadium crowds as much as they are used by cheerleaders and mascots. Let’s take a look back.
Every cheerleader understands the honor of receiving the spirit stick at cheer camp, but how did it all begin? In 1945, Lawrence Herkimer held a National Cheerleading Association (NCA) cheer camp where teams of all levels and experiences participated in learning the routines and cheerleading fitness tips.