Video Of The Week — The Youngest Member Of This Cheerleading Squad Is 55!

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Photo Credit: Japan Pom Pom

First, there was KBG84, Japan’s hottest “girl” band whose 33 members have an average age of 84. And now, Japan Pom Pom, a unique cheerleading troupe made up of 28 sprightly grandmothers whose ages range from 55 to the late 80s.

The geriatric team, which does not even consider “girls” below the age of 55, was founded 20 years ago by Fumie Takino. The now 84-year-old says that she had always been mesmerized by cheerleading, but never had the confidence to try it in her youth.

Photo Credit: Japan Pom Pom

It was not until she was in her early 60s that Takino rounded up five of her best friends and began to learn the American sport. The group has now grown to 28. The women meet on a weekly basis to learn and practice new cheerleading routines. Takino says while the moves may not be as acrobatic as those performed by their younger counterparts, the members take cheerleading very seriously and even analyze videos of themselves to improve.

Earlier this year, Japan Pom Pom celebrated its 20th anniversary with a guest appearance at the annual United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals competition held in Tokyo. Dressed in gold-trimmed pink miniskirts and white boots, they delighted the audience with their rambunctious cheerleading routine to the song “Dreamgirls.” And in case you are wondering, Takino, who credits the sport for helping her stay in a good physical and mental state, has no plans to hang up her silver pom poms anytime soon.

Resources: japantimes.com, aol.com, odditycentral.com

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396 Comments
  • uzumaki_chan
    uzumaki_chan2 months
    But I would love getting basketball lessons GIRLS CAN PLAY BASKET BALL TOO my mom played with boys in a team when she was younger
    • uzumaki_chan
      uzumaki_chan2 months
      Its nice to know that they are doing what they love
      • owenjones
        owenjones4 months
        this is just sad to watch and with the music it makes it worse, well no ovence to them
        • piggyfan
          piggyfan5 months
          wow!
          • jazmine2008
            jazmine20085 months
            i don't want to be a cheer leader because i can't split and i'm not flexible i'm extremely muscular.
            • dream_beyond
              dream_beyond5 months
              Whaaaa!!!??? That is ........... TALENT!!
              • unipug2
                unipug28 months
                I wanna be a cheerleader in middle school! That's 2 years away1
                • gold3nglare
                  gold3nglare10 months
                  You are never too old to cheer. this article reminds me of the second episode of My Babysitter is a Vampire
                  • dede123
                    dede12310 months
                    wow
                    • kcloveballet
                      kcloveballet10 months
                      wow