If you’ve ever seen a superhero movie chances are you’ve also seen Jim Churchman’s work. A veteran stunt coordinator with over 25 years in the business, Jim decided he wanted to give back and thought his talent for making the likes of Robert Downey Jr. or Michael Fassbender fly might be just the way to do it.
Smile High Club is a team of skilled and compassionate stunt professionals that enjoy nothing more than putting smiles on the faces of kids and families going through some pretty tough times. They use the same sophisticated rig that sends our favorite movie heroes skyward and uses it to give kids dealing with debilitating illnesses the chance to fly. A chance to forget about the doctors, the needles, the setbacks, and the weeks and months away from school and friends. The chance to live out every child’s dream—the dream to fly above it all and maybe even… become a superhero.
Perhaps Jim can describe the Smile High mission best.
Jim and the SHC Inc. team held their second event at Tyler Perry Studios last Saturday where costumes were encouraged and smiles made mandatory. The rig they use needed a lot of open space, and so the historic parade ground of the former Fort McPherson base fit the bill perfectly. It also happened to be Jim’s 50th birthday, and what better way to mark the occasion than to give back and create fantastic memories for some very brave families.
Stuntmen and women sometimes have the reputation of being the rough and tumble, gritty, often stoic types around the set, but one look at the faces of Jim and his stunt team as they lift a giggling child into the air and you will soon realize that not all superheroes wear capes.