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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Secretary of State Jesse White's Tumblers at EHS

  • Conquering one's fear is a test of manhood. Jesse White's Tumbling Team has turned a lot of boys into brave men.
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  • Conquering one's fear is a test of manhood. Jesse White's Tumbling Team has turned a lot of boys into brave men.
    These tumblers from the Chicago streets do some very scary stunts and they make it look easy, graceful and fun.
    The team was created in 1959 to provide a positive alternative activity for inner-city kids. There are about 300 members any given year. Some are as young as six-years-old.
    The team gives about 1,500 performances each year at major sporting events, schools, business and community events. They have performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Tokyo and Croatia. The team has been featured in movies and on TV.
    Team members must maintain a "C" average or show proof of entering a tutoring program. The program will assist athletes with homework, encourages reading independently, helps athletes improve writing skills, spelling, math, science and social studies skills. The athletes are taught study skills as well.
    Secretary of State Jesse White was elected to that position in 1998. He had served 16 years in the Illinois Legislature and was the Cook County Recorder of Deeds for six years. He played minor league baseball in the Cubs organization, was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne and served in the Illinois National Guard.
    This man has "role model" written all over him.
    Thursday the team performed at Eldorado High School's Duff-Kingston Gym.
    The crowd represented the entire Eldorado School Distrirct. Students were enthralled as the athletes threw themselves into the air over and over again. Each one landed on his feet.
    If you worry about the safety of cheerleaders at the local football games, you would have bitten your nails to the nubs by the end of this tumbling show.
    The team's website is www.jessewhitetumblingteam.com

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