CHEER San Francisco, the world’s first LGBTQ-identified cheerleading team, was founded.


DC Cheer was founded by Robert York, using Results Gym as the home base for the co-ed cheer program. The team halted in 2001.

Early 2000s

Marc Brooks and Greg O’Brien joined another iteration, this time called “Cheer DC.” The team never fully formalized into a nonprofit organization and, after a few years, team operations halted once again.

Nicole Bowns joins Cheer Seattle.


Nicole Bowns moved to the DC metro area and promptly began recruiting individuals to begin the team anew.


With the help of Greg and Marc, and newcomers Brandi Arnett, Harriet Dao, Carrie Delone, Andy Jackson, and Luke Jackson, Nicole established the core of the new team, and Cheer DC hosted a tryout with more than 40 attendees. Shortly thereafter, Cheer DC was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and joined the Pride Cheerleading Association as a member team.


Robert reconnected with Nicole and joined the new Cheer DC. Cheer DC presented its first major annual donation of $5000 to SMYAL.


Cheer DC presented its second annual donation of $10,000 to the Wanda Alston Foundation. The organization continues to grow, having just completed tryouts for the 2019-2020 season! For more information on how to get involved or join, please click here!