Perry Mandera Discusses the Jesse White Tumbling Team

For over 50 years, the Jesse White Tumbling Team has delighted audiences with acrobatics. These athletes have performed at professional and collegiate sporting events, company outings, presidential inauguration parades, and television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and the Mickey Mouse Club. Moreover, they were featured in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Created by Jesse White, the Illinois Secretary of State since 1998, the Jesse White Tumbling Team has benefited more than 13,000 young people since its development in 1959. Offering recreational, athletic, and cultural benefits, the Jesse White Tumbling Team keeps children from joining gangs and succumbing to drug use. Today, this organization performs more than 1,500 times annually, and it has garnered fans from around the world.

About the Author:

A member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Transportation Authority, Perry Mandera has run The Custom Companies, Inc., a domestic and international freight company, since 1986. In philanthropic activities, Mandera belongs to the Board of Directors of the Jesse White Tumbling Team.


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