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Jesse White Tumblers

Welcome to the Jesse White Tumbling Team 

     The internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team is a team of acrobats that has been thrilling audiences since it was founded in 1959 by Illinois athlete and politician Jesse White. Their acrobatic performances can frequently be seen during half-time shows for the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and Major League Baseball games. The team entertains at business and sporting events year-round, including colleges and universities nation-wide.

     The Jesse White Tumbling Team is made up of talented, highly motivated individuals, who are committed to performing their best at all levels, for ourselves, and for our team. We are passionate, energetic, and hard working. Mr. White, who still coaches, created the team for children residing in Chicago's inner city housing projects. It serves a juvenile delinquency prevention program. Members are required to abide by White's rules, which include staying in school, maintaining a C average in academic coursework and staying away from gangs and drugs. Since the team's inception, over 13,000 children, ages 6 and up, have participated in the program.

     The Jesse White Tumbling Team makes over 1,500 appearances each year, in state and out of state. They've gone to states as far as Hawaii, and have even made international performances. They've gone to Canada seventeen times; Tokyo, Japan to appear on television, China for the Chinese New Year, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands. The Team celebrated their 50th anniversary at the United Center in February 2010.

     They have appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Jenny Jones Show, Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club, CBS' How'd They Do That, as well as several performances on Nippon Television in Tokyo. The team has also been featured in commercials for Coca-Cola, Jewel Food Store, the Chicago White Sox and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In addition, they have appeared in the movies Heaven is a Playground, Ferris Buehler's Day Off and performed stunts in the movie The Meteor Man starring Robert Townsend. They have also been featured in the documentary, Son of America.

     The Tumblers have performed during the 52nd and 53rd Presidential Inaugural Parades in addition to the 2010 President Barack Obama Inauguration Parade. Fifteen current and former members of the Team have toured with the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus as the Chicago Kidz. The tumblers have also toured and performed with the Harlem Globetrotters.

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