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Peace Is Worth Flipping For

Updated on May 8, 2018
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Robert Odell, Jr. enjoys sharing the rich history and culture of Memphis, Tennessee where he has lived and worked for several years.

Flip for Peace

Peace is something that the majority of people on earth aspire to constantly cultivate. Peace; however, is often elusive. Two athletes, who were trained and groomed by The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee believed that peace is worth "flipping for". The agile duo displayed great athletic prowess when they appeared in a public service advertisement entitled "Flip for Peace".

In the commercial, a dispute on the basketball court is to be settled in a peaceful way. It is decided that the team which wins by a flip will gain the next down (game play). Thinking that a coin needs to be tossed, one team misinterprets the type of "flip" and is unable to comply. As a result they lose the next down (game play).

A Disput Is to Be Settled by Flipping

A dispute, about the next play on the basketball court, is agreed to be settled with a "flip".
A dispute, about the next play on the basketball court, is agreed to be settled with a "flip". | Source

Flip for Peace

Some athletes who were trained and groomed by The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee were able to "flip for peace" in a public service advertisement. In the commercial a dispute about the next play on the basketball court is agreed to be settled with a "flip". One team misinterprets the type of "flip" and is unable to comply; thereby, losing the next play.

Who Are the Beale Street Flippers?

Using no trampoline or net, The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts.

Performing nearly every day on the cobblestones of Beale Street in Memphis,Tennessee; The Beale Street Flippers show amazing talent and athletic proficiency.

Breath Taking Acrobatics

The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts.
The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts. | Source

Flippers Perform on Beale St. Cobblestones

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Using no trampoline or net, The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts on the cobblestone streets of Beale in Memphis.

Flipping on Cobblestones

The Beale Street Flippers use no trampoline or net and perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts on the cobblestone streets of Beale in Memphis, Tennessee.

Beyond Beale Street

The notoriety of The Beale Street Flippers has spread beyond the confines of the Memphis street that has fostered their name.

Nationally and Internationally Known

The Beale Street Flippers have gained national and international recognition by performing at NBA and college conference half-time shows.

The flippers amazed the entire nation when they advanced to the quarterfinals on the nationally televised "America's Got Talent" television show in 2009.

The Beale Street Flippers advanced to the quarterfinals on the nationally aired television show "America's Got Talent". The show was aired on Tuesday August 11, 2009.

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The Guinness Book of World Records

On Sept. 02, 2007 "The Beale Street Flippers" made The Guinness Book of World Records for the longest back flip. The flip was 3m75cm which is over 12ft 3in. The solo team member who performed the record setting feat did so while flipping over seven, crouching men who were in a line.

The Beale Street Flippers:

  • Were created by Rarecas Williams (flipping since age 6)
  • Began in the 1980's right after the renovation of Beale Street in Memphis
  • Consists mostly of brothers and cousins
  • Have performed internationally in Canada, Germany, and China

Many New Doors Have Opened Up

As founder Rarecas Williams continues to groom, train, and mentor each generation of Beale Street Flippers, a torrent of new and exciting opportunities unceasingly flows their way.

The Flippers from Beale Street have:

  • Flipped at baseball stadiums
  • Flipped at trade show events
  • Flipped at business conferences
  • Flipped at festivals
  • Flipped at weddings

Flipping has opened up many new doors for these athletics who grew up in the poverty-ridden, rough, tough, and dangerous part of town known as "the hood". Flipping has kept them out of trouble and has generated a legitimate form of financial security.

The Beale Street Flippers have gained national and international recognition by performing at NBA and college conference basketball half-time shows.
The Beale Street Flippers have gained national and international recognition by performing at NBA and college conference basketball half-time shows. | Source

The Real Inspiration

A "flip for peace" may be one thing that can inspire the flippers from Beale Street, but their deepest inspiration is heartfelt and deeply personal.

If you ask The Beale Street Flippers what really motivates them to flip you will probably hear what they have already said to many fans.

The incredible Beale Street athletes say that they are inspired to:

  • Flip for their children
  • Flip for their families
  • Flip for themselves

Inspired to Flip

The flippers from Memphis, Tennessee may have been inspired to "flip for peace"; however, the deepest inspiration for these athletes from "the hood" is to flip for their children, to flip for their families and to flip for themselves.

Two athletes who were groomed by The Beale Street Flippers were inspired to "flip for peace" in a public service advertisement.
Two athletes who were groomed by The Beale Street Flippers were inspired to "flip for peace" in a public service advertisement. | Source

New Generations

The  Beale Street Flippers continue to mentor, train and pass down their skills to new generations of athletes.
The Beale Street Flippers continue to mentor, train and pass down their skills to new generations of athletes. | Source

New Generations of Memphis, Tennessee Beale Street Flippers

The talent that the young athletes portrayed in the public service commercial, "Flip for Peace", is an indication that The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee are constantly growing and expanding as they venture into new areas of entertainment and community involvement.

The future looks bright for The Beale Street Flippers. They are living out their dreams while at the same time mentoring, training, grooming, and passing down their skills to new generations of athletes.

© 2015 Robert Odell Jr

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