National Cheerleaders Association
The National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) was established as a way to bring cheerleaders together to learn new skills. From 1949 on the NCA held summer camps, and is credited with the invention of the herkie jump, the pom pom and being the first uniform manufacturer.
The NCA was founded in 1948 by the "Grandfather" of cheerleading, Lawrence Herkimer. The NCA is the first organization to hold cheer camps with the purpose of bringing cheerleaders together to learn new skills under qualified instructors. The first camp was held in 1949 at Sam Houston State University with only 52 girls in attendance. The camp was so popular, that the next year attendance shot to 350.
In 1961 the company was incorporated. The first Herkie, pom poms, and spirit stick were all seen first at NCA summer camps
Today the NCA still hosts summer camps as a way to bring new skills to teams in a safe controlled environment. Now, they also host competitions for school and All-star teams, from low level regionals such as Classic Championships to the NCA nationals for school cheerleaders and the NCA All-Star Nationals for All-Star cheerleaders, which are two of the most prestigious competitions in the country. NCA is part of Varsity Brands. One of the most prominent NCA events are the College National Championships which are televised nationally on Daytona Beach every April.
- "National Cheerleading Association". Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- "National Cheerleaders Association" Retrieved Nov 2013