BFI was created to help shape the future of the world through programs that instill morals, values and positive life experiences for underprivileged children. Consequently, BFI is committed to supporting community organizations, like JWT, that provide youth with programs that encourage and promote these values. One of JWT's main priorities in this partnership is to make sure that youth have a better understanding of volunteer work, character development and engagement in the community.
The internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team has been thrilling audiences since 1959. 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.
A number of the team members, beginning as young as 6 years old, are residents from throughout the inner city of Chicago. Jesse White, founder and coach, created the team in 1959 to provide a recreational, athletic, educational and cultural enrichment experience for the team members. This is a juvenile delinquency prevention program that is designed to help youngsters grow tall and straight. The members are required to abide by Jesse White's strict rules, which include staying in school, maintaining at least a "C" average in academic coursework and staying away from gangs and drugs.
Since the team's inception, over 13,500 young men and women have benefited from the program. Jesse White's key to success is "tough love." He serves as coach, teacher, friend, mentor, confident and surrogate father to the members.
"Bright Future International is proud to support the Jesse White Tumblers," said Anthony Melikhov, founder and president of BFI. "The amazing philanthropic work Secretary White is doing with children and young adults in Chicago is not only encouraging but also inspiring."
"I want to express my deep appreciation to Bright Future International," said Jesse White. "More at-risk kids will be able to participate in the Jesse White Tumbling Team."
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