In connection with Garth Brooks' 5-concert run at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, last weekend, Teammates for Kids hosted a youth hockey camp for 90 young athletes, ages 9-13. The kids, who came from Tim Horton’s Foundation, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington, and Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School, met at Hamilton’s Hillfield Strathallan College. There they enjoyed a day developing their hockey skills under the direction of former NHL players and Teammates Scott Walker, Brian Willsie, and Greg de Vries.
Brooks himself visited the camp to cheer on the young athletes and to talk to them about the importance of teamwork. All of the boys and girls attended the camp at no cost.
Teammates presents the Good Teammate Award at each of the youth sports camps where they provide scholarships. The award recognizes the 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 Hamilton, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Essence Kerr, age 9; Justice Finlayson, age 11; and Anthony Jackson, 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.