In partnership with professional athletes, corporations, foundations, celebrities and individual teammates, we help children in the areas of health, education and inner city. We do this in a number of ways, from funding Child Life Zones and supporting Child Life programs in pediatric hospitals, to sports and recreation for inner city children and providing educational opportunities for the underprivileged.

HOW TEAMMATES BEGAN

Teammates for Kids was started in 1999 by Bo Mitchell and Garth Brooks, with the goal of giving all kids, all around the world, an even start. Bo had an idea to take sports statistics and convert those statistics into money. Starting with baseball players, the foundation has grown to include over 4,300 professional athletes from baseball, hockey, football, soccer, basketball, racing, golf, and even pro rodeo. Teammates has raised over $100 million to help children in over 60 countries around the globe.

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HOW TEAMMATES WORKS

Professional athletes generously donate based on performance levels in their sport. A great pitcher, for example, might pledge a donation for every strikeout, a quarterback for completions, a hockey goalie for saves, a basketball player for free throws, etc. Then, the Foundation’s Board, made up of Hall of Fame athletes, corporation owners, corporate officers, and entertainers, triples the amount donated by each athlete. Because the Foundation’s overhead expenses are privately funded, 100% of all money donated goes to the kids. And now...we're asking FANS to join the team. Pledge money alongside your favorite athlete or sports team and we’ll match it for even MORE money. 100% of YOUR donation goes to the kids! That’s not a goal ... it’s the rule!

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100% goes to the kids

How can 100% of the money go to the kids? When Teammates was started, Garth and a core group of professionals and giving angels pledged to take care of the overhead. All advertising, payroll, and administrative costs are taken care of so that 100% of your money can go to the kids … and that’s how it should be!

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TEAMMATES FOCUS ON CHILD LIFE ZONES

In 2002, Garth Brooks teamed up with Troy Aikman and The Troy Aikman Foundation to support CHILD LIFE ZONES. This partnership has brought focus to Teammates' efforts in three main initiatives--children’s health, children’s education, and inner-city outreach. The zones are playrooms for kids within children’s hospitals where they can laugh, play, and just be kids! They are places that bring a healing power medicine can’t buy. Garth likes to say that children know no flags. Kids are kids, and they deserve the same things, no matter where they live or what their background may be. To those kids battling illnesses and disease, we try to bring comfort as best we can. The Child Life Zones are a great way to do just that.

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