The first cheerleaders entered the stage in 1869 at a US college American football game between Princeton University and Rutgers University. It wasn’t until 1923 that the first women starting participating in the sport and it wasn’t until the mid 1940s that the majority of cheerleaders were women. Today, women comprise more than 90% of the world’s cheerleaders.
Cheerleading became widespread in the United States in the 1960s and in the 1990s the sport started to spread internationally. In 2004, the first World Cheerleading Championships were held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida where 14 of the top selected World Teams competed for the World Championship Title.
The sport has rapidly gained popularity throughout the world. Today the International Cheer Union (ICU) 91 National Federations from countries spanning the entire world. Every year the ICU hosts the ICU World Championship in Orlando, Florida. In 2009, Thailand sent their first team and that is where the story of the Cheer Ambassadors began.
Thailand, the only Southeast Asian nation never to have been colonized by European powers, is a constitutional monarchy. A unified Thai kingdom has existed since the mid-14th century, and Thailand was known as Siam until 1939 when it officially became the Kingdom of Thailand
Thailand is the 50th largest country in the world; most nearly equal in size to Spain.
Located just 15 degrees north of the equator, Thailand has a tropical climate and temperatures typically range from 19 to 38 degrees C (66-100 F).
The population of Thailand comprises of roughly 65 million citizens, the majority of whom are ethnically Thai, though peoples of Chinese, Indian, Malay, Mon, Khmer, Burmese, and Lao origin are also represented to varying degrees. Approximately 7 million citizens live in the capital city, Bangkok, though this number varies seasonally and is otherwise difficult to accurately count.