Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a youth football camp in San Antonio while Brooks was in town for four shows on his World Tour. About 75 kids spent the day at Jefferson High School practicing their gridiron skills under the direction of former NFL star and Texas Longhorn Jordan Shipley and a coaching staff of local athletes. Shipley has been a Teammate since 2011.
Brooks also visited the camp and coached the young athletes on what it means to be a teammate, on and off the field. "I think it's pretty simple," he said. "You can deal with children and love at an early age, or you can deal with them without love in their life. And you're going to want the first one."
The boys and girls, ages 9-13, represented Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio, Child Advocates San Antonio, Pathways Youth and Family Services, and K-1 Sports Academy. They attended the camp for free.
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 San Antonio, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Christina Sanchez, age 11; Devin Mathews, age 12; and Jonathan Rodriguez, age 13.
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.