Garth Brooks knows plenty about Ropin' the Wind, but he called on friends from the ProRodeo circuit to coach kids at a roping camp in Billings, Montana, last weekend. Brooks, who was in Billings for five sold-out shows at the Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark, invited 75 boys and girls ages 9-13 to practice their roping skills at Miller's Horse Palace along with the following pros: Josh Boka, Champion Steer Wrestler, Ram National Circuit Finals; Ike Folsom and Clayton Miller, 5-time Montana ProRodeo Circuit Champion Team Ropers; Henry Hollenbeck, multiple-time All Around Cowboy and Calf Roping Champion of the Montana ProRodeo Circuit; and team roper Jenny Gilbert. This was the first time Brooks and Teammates hosted a roping ProCamp for kids.
Co-hosting the event with Brooks was former L.A. Rams running back and special teams player Chase Reynolds, a Teammate since 2014 who played college football at the University of Montana.
The kids at the camp represented the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, Friendship House, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, CASA of Yellowstone County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County, Montana Family Support Network, and Billings Family YMCA. Thanks to Brooks and Teammates for Kids, all of these young people attended the camp for free. Brooks himself took time to visit the camp and offer his words of encouragement.
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 Billings, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Logan King, age 9; Tavee Duncan, age 10; and Keena Norris, age 11.
Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his World Tour. Brooks and athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, and other sports. The roping camp in Billings was the 61st youth camp on Brooks' tour.