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What do you get when you cross an All-American gymnast with a fun-loving physical education teacher?  In our case, you get the high flying, slam dunking, uniquely educating, and kid friendly Gutsy the Flying Fox!



Kirk Johnson, our friend behind the fur, is a 4-time All-American gymnast from Arizona State University.  Kirk landed with the Atlanta Hawks in the fall of 1997 to perform as the acrobatic mascot SkyHawk.  During his tenure with the Hawks, Kirk performed at over 1000 home games, 1000 school shows, hundreds of parades, churches and community events on 3 different continents.  Hawks’ fans quickly learned of his amazing athletic ability through his slam dunk routines coupled with his crazy tumbling and silly antics.  He became the go-to act during the “hot” timeouts of closely contested games.  Despite his growing popularity, Kirk never lost his passion for personal interaction with fans.  His constant crowd surfing and one-on-one interaction became his calling card.


Connie Johnson, the brains and beauty of the operation, is an avid iron girl.  Between her triathlons, soccer games, and the occasional half/full marathon, Connie loves to invest in the lives of children.  Six years as a physical education teacher along with 13 additional years of childcare indicate her passion for tomorrow’s generation.


The Lord introduced the couple in January of 2006.  They wed on June 11, 2007 and so began the adventure!

As followers of Jesus Christ, it is our mission to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) and “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).  This is the driving force behind our school and church shows.  Whether we’re encouraging children to read, challenging students to soar above the CRCT, or teaching youth to become all God wants them to be, we fulfill our mission in a way that captures the attention of young and old.  We would love to be a part of your event and meet you in person.  It takes “Guts” to succeed in today’s world and Gutsy is the canine for the job!