Chatham 250 mobile exhibit tells the inspiring story of the Los Jets football team
Pittsboro, NC – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Chatham 250 will highlight the incredible history of the Los Jets football team at Jordan-Matthews High School by presenting a special exhibit to students in county schools from Chatham. The mobile version of the NC Museum of History 2016 Los Jets: playing for the American dream will be presented at eight Chatham County schools. Chatham 250 hopes that the powerful story of the Los Jets’ determination and resilience will inspire and bring hope to all residents of Chatham County and especially Hispanic / Latin youth in the county.
The exhibition is based on the book, Home on the pitch: How a championship football team inspires hope for small town revival in America, by Jets coach Paul Cuadros. The book tells the story of the formation and victory of the Los Jets football team as the 2004 North Carolina State Men’s Class A football champions. As the first predominantly Latino sports team to win a statewide sports championship in North Carolina, Los Jets left a lasting legacy in the community and across the United States.
“Los Jets is an important story of how Chatham County’s Latino / Hispanic community excels and exceeds expectations – the kids who have come here, made their home and become champions. This story is an example of the potential of Chatham County and its Hispanic / Latino community, ”Cuadros said.
The planning committee overseeing the 250e anniversary hopes that the integration of the exhibition into the celebratory activities will highlight the monumental contribution of the team.
“There’s no better way to honor Hispanic Heritage Month during the 250e anniversary of telling this iconic story of the 2004 Jordan-Mathews State Championship football team, ”said Dr. Carl Thompson, Sr., Chatham 250 Co-Chair and Senior Pastor at Word of Life Church. “The determination, courage and perseverance of this team transcend culture, instilling in all our young people the values of unity, courage and determination.
The mobile exhibit will be on display at eight schools in Chatham County – Chatham Grove Elementary School, Silk Hope School, Bonlee School, Chatham Middle School, Siler City Elementary School, School Virginia Cross Elementary, North Chatham Elementary School and Jordan-Matthews High School – during Hispanic Heritage Month. . At the exhibit, students will have the opportunity to explore the museum’s bilingual material which includes photos and stories from the 2004 Jordan-Matthews Class A Men’s Soccer Championship, their head coach Paul Cuadros and the Hispanic community of Siler City in the early 1990s. Students will then participate in an interactive soccer ball activity complemented by a lively group conversation about teamwork and building communities where everyone belongs and is respected.
“I look forward to bringing the Los Jets exhibit to Chatham Middle School to honor the historic impact of the Jordan-Matthews football team,” said Chad Morgan, Principal of the Middle School from Chatham. “It is important for students to know the history of their community, and this is a unique opportunity for our students to learn about the incredible impact of Los Jets and the pride it has sparked in our community. Hopefully the exhibit will inspire students to build their own story.
Students will also have access to the introduction to A house on the ground and the documentary series Los Jets, co-executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and Lynda Lopez for NUVOtv, inspired by Cuadros’ book.
Chatham 250 would like to thank many people for making the Los Jets mobile exhibit possible, including the NC Museum of History for generously sharing exhibit materials with Chatham 250, Chatham County Schools for their partnership to present this mobile exhibit to county students, communities in Chatham County schools for their support in bringing the exhibit to schools; and Chatham 250 sponsors – Duke Energy, Chatham Hospital, Mosaic, Mountaire Farms and BOLD – for their financial support of Chatham 250 events and activities.
Anyone with questions can contact Hilary Pollan, Chatham 250 Project Manager, at . Information on events and other ways to celebrate Chatham County’s 250th anniversarye birthday can be found at www.chatham250.com.