Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team tumbles over to MNSU

America’s Got Talent participants “The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team” will tumble its way to Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday at 8 p.m.

The event, located at Bresnan Arena and organized by the Student Events Team, features professional gymnasts, all from the Chicagoland area. The group will perfeorm routines including acrobatic stunts using jump ropes, mini trampolines, tumbling routines and more.

The Chicago Boyz was founded by gymnast Tim Shaw. The purpose of the group is to teach young children “discipline, respect, hard work, integrity and teamwork,” according to the team website. Each member is held to high standards while a part of the program and “are not allowed to drop out of school, associate with gangs, drugs, alcohol or tobacco.”

Student Events Team Speakers Chair Sidney Knapper commented on the selection of the Chicago Boyz as one of the primetime events for Family Weekend.

“The Student Events Team had been looking for an acrobatic group to come perform on campus for quite some time,” Knapper said. “The group also has members that were featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent, which is pretty cool.”

Knapper continues, “It is also cool that the group has such a local improvement focus.”

The event is free and open to students and the public alike. A simple registration is required to enter the arena. This high standard has helped many kids over the 17 years the group has been banded.

“The registration is for the entire Family Weekend,” Knapper said. “It will be quick.”

For more information about the event, you can contact Sidney Knapper at or by phone at 320-226-0248. You can also visit the event Facebook page at

Want to see a sneak peak of the Chicago Boyz? Visit our Facebook page MSU Reporter for a clip of their stunt work on America’s Got Talent.

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