Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids brought yet another youth sports camp to the latest stop on Brooks' world tour last Saturday in Edmonton. Brooks tapped former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth to assist with the coaching responsibilities, and Brooks himself visited the camp to engage the kids in relays and drills.
Almost seventy young athletes, ages 9-13, met at Ecole Notre Dame on Saturday to practice the fundamentals of hockey under the direction of Smyth and his coaching staff. The kids represented Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton. Thanks to Teammates For Kids, the children attended the camp for free.
In addition to learning more about hockey, the kids were taught life lessons about love, hard work, sportsmanship, and being a good teammate.
Smyth, who has been a Teammate since 2003, told the kids, “Attitude is everything. It controls your mind; it’s how you deal with life."
Brooks added, “The greatest gift for all of us is to feel like we belong. To have somebody that loves you, you love them, to be part of a team, that’s what it’s all about.”
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 Edmonton, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Aayusha Grimier, age 9; Chaitanya Gautam, age 11; and Matt Frenchman, age 11.
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.