ORLANDO, Florida, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Cheer Union (ICU) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, April 25th in Orlando, Florida. Delegates from 70 National Cheer Federations attended.
The ICU's mission is to promote the healthy growth of cheerleading throughout the world. Founded in 2004, the ICU first applied for recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) nearly seven years ago. In December of 2016, the IOC announced that it was providing the ICU provisional recognition.
The AGM is held in advance of the ICU World Championships. At this year's meeting Secretary General Karl Olson opened with an overview of the previous year, including details about the recognition granted by the IOC. President Jeff Webb outlined the strategic objectives of the ICU, which focused on broad-based geographic growth, as well as efforts to assist the ICU's national federations in obtaining recognition by their respective National Olympic Committees.
"We are gratified by the recognition by the IOC," said Jeff Webb. "We look forward to partnering with our member federations to increase participation at all levels and to communicate the many benefits young people receive through involvement in our sport."
About The International Cheer Union The International Cheer Union (ICU) was formed as the non-profit international governing entity whose mission is to advance cheerleading on a global scale. With over 100 member nations, the ICU represents all geographical areas where cheerleading exists. The ICU promotes healthy competition, rule development and education for athletes, coaches, and parents. More information can be found on www.cheerunion.org. Photography and b-roll video available upon request.