Texas Firsts in Cheer! Texas has the claim to many firsts in Cheerleading! Most attributed to Lawrence Herkimer, a former SMU cheerleading. He started the National Cheerleaders Association in the late 1940’s. Lawerence also held the first clinic was held in Huntsville, Texas and boasted 52 girls in attendance. He a cheer uniform supply company as well as invented the herkie jump and created the spirit stick! Way to go Texas! Spirit Accessories has spirit sticks and you can customize in your cheer teams colors. Match them to customized T’s with your school or mascot for great practice gear!