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Pop Warner Supports New Science Cheerleader Book

Science of CheerLANGHORNE, PA – Pop Warner Little Scholars is proud to support the release of an exciting new book that explores the science behind the sport, explaining the physics and engineering principles behind cheer routines and stunts.

The Science of Cheerleading is designed to help teach cheerleaders how and why specific cheerleading movements and positions work, as well as how others can be improved.

For example, the book will provide cheerleaders and teams with an understanding of how to form a more solid pyramid, or launch a higher basket toss with a precise and safe landing. Understanding the science, technology, engineering, and math inherent in cheerleading will help readers gain a greater understanding of cheerleading.

Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of 300 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who are pursuing science and technology careers, developed The Science of Cheerleading. 

These women recognize that science and engineering are part of nearly every aspect of our lives, and they simultaneously share a message of encouragement to follow dreams and challenge stereotypes along with the practicality of scientific pursuits and concepts.

Each chapter of The Science of Cheerleading includes:

  • A brief video of a Science Cheerleader introducing the chapter’s topic
  • A brief video of youth cheerleaders performing a science cheer about that topic
  • Text, illustrations, and some fun examples
  • A 2-3 minute video of an interview with a Science Cheerleader so readers learn more about her connections to science and cheerleading
  • Science terms are included in bold text, with more information in the Glossary
  • Cheer terms are also in bold with a Glossary link to explanations of the cheer terminology

Science of Cheer2A high-level look at several science careers is also included.

“An estimated three million young women and men are involved in cheerleading in the U.S., “ said Darlene Cavalier, creator of the book and the founder of Science Cheerleader.

“We hope this book helps them understand the science, technology, engineering, and math inherent in cheerleading. Once they grasp those STEM concepts using something familiar (cheer), they can apply the principles to other things and achieve a greater understanding of how the world works.”

“We’re thrilled to have our youth cheerleaders featured in the Science of Cheerleading, ” said Craig T. Scott, Chief Marketing Officer of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. “They’re either observing the scientific principles of cheerleading, or they’re putting them to the test. This book provides a fun way to help kids and coaches understand and employ the science that they take for granted in the cheers.”

In addition to information on other relevant scientific topics like nutrition, computer science, acoustics, and weather, the book explores many physics principles are highlighted in the book, along with examples from cheerleading and other real-world applications:

  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Changes in velocity and acceleration
  • Angular momentum
  • Terminal velocity
  • Compression and tension
  • Center of gravity vs. the center of mass
  • Kinesiology (how muscles work)

The Science of Cheerleading ebook is available FREE for download on iTunes as well as an interactive PDF and a NON-interactive PDF.

About Darlene Cavalier:
She is the creator of The Science of Cheerleading, is a former high school, college, and NBA cheerleader (Philadelphia 76ers). She is the founder of Science Cheerleader, a group that playfully challenges stereotypes while inspiring young girls to consider science careers. She ran a $1.5 million NSF grant to promote basic research through partnerships with Disney and ABC TV and collaborated with the NSF, NBC Sports, and the NFL to produce the Emmy award winning Science of NFL Football series. Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, a contributing editor and senior advisor at Discover Magazine and is the founder of SciStarter, a website that connects regular people to citizen science projects, real scientific research projects done in collaboration with scientists. The Science of Cheerleading eBook was made possible by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, advancing biomedical science by supporting research and education. Other partners include JAMZ Cheer and Dance, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., Team Cheer, Science Cheerleader, SciStarter, SimInsights, Arizona State University, and the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the world’s largest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Currently there are over 325,000 children in Pop Warner organizations in 36 states, Scotland, Germany, Russia, Japan and Mexico. The NFLPA estimates that 70% of all current NFL Players got their start in Pop Warner programs. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit www.popwarner.com or follow Pop Warner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Pop_Warner.