Cubs Offer Tumblers Helping Hand

Ricketts, Cubs pay for new drums

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, Jun 4, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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The Cubs and Ricketts family are donating $4,000 to the Jesse White Tumblers.

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The Jesse White Tumblers are getting a spot from the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family.

After a flood damaged the tumbling team's drum sets earlier this year, a cleaning crew tossed the equipment out. As a result, the 20-member crew had to miss the Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society Memorial Day parade for the first time in 47 years.

Upon word of the troupe's misfortune, donations poured in, including $4,000 from the Chicago Cubs Charities and the Ricketts, according to the Sun-Times.

With that money, the tumbling group, led by Secretary of State Jesse White, will be able to purchase new drums, new uniforms, and—perhaps most importantly—a storage facility to keep everything safe and dry.

The brand-new drums will make their debut at an upcoming Cubs game, reports the Sun-Times.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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