Garth Brooks took time on Saturday during his 6-show run at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon to host a youth ball hockey camp. One hundred boys and girls ages 9-13 from the Saskatoon Boys & Girls Clubs, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, and Dream Brokers filled the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre to improve their hockey skills under the direction of Saskatchewan-born former NHL players Kelly Chase and Curtis Leschyshyn and their coaching staff. Thanks to Teammates for Kids, the young athletes attended the camp at no cost. Chase and Leschyshyn have been Teammates for over 10 years.
Brooks visited the camp to encourage the kids and explain that the event was about more than hockey. “I think that’s what our job is here. Love them, hug ‘em up, and understand they must love one another,” Brooks said. The athletes were motivated to demonstrate teamwork, good sportsmanship, and responsibility.
Brooks also showed his love of hockey on Friday night, when he paid tribute to the legendary Gordie Howe by wearing a Red Wings Gordie Howe jersey during his concert. Known as "Mr. Hockey," Mr. Howe passed away Friday at the age of 88.
Teammates For Kids presents the Good Teammate Award at each youth sports camp they sponsor. The award recognizes the young athletes who best demonstrate the traits of a Total Teammate, including leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants. In Saskatoon, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Jayden Moyah, age 9; Skylar Bourget, age 10; and James McNab, age 12.
Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his World Tour. Brooks and Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer.