Tim Shaw and The Chicago Boyz
The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, featured on the NBC hit reality competition series “America’s Got Talent (season 8),” is a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicago area. Founded in 1999 by professional gymnast Tim Shaw, these young inner city youth are taught discipline, respect, hard work, integrity and teamwork. Through Tim’s positive impact, many kids have not only become professional polished gymnasts, but turned their lives around in the process. The Chicago Boyz are the highlight of special events nationwide. They have performed at NBA (regular season & playoff games) and college halftime shows, professional circuses, festivals, theme parks and schools throughout the country.
Founder and coach of the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic team is Tim Shaw, with over 30 years of experience in circus performing. He wanted to give young people opportunities to travel and see the world, which is why he decided to form the Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team. Before joining this team, most of these kids have never even left their own neighborhoods; they haven’t even been Downtown,” Shaw said. “Now they’re front and center at halftime shows at the biggest NBA games. Last year we were Game 4 entertainment for the NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers.