Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids partnered again to bring a youth sports camp to the latest stop on Brooks' tour - Louisville, Kentucky. Last Saturday 125 young athletes were registered for a football camp at the Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex, where they spent the day honing their gridiron skills and learning about the importance of teamwork. Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood, a Teammate since 2009 and also a former Louisville Cardinal, graciously shared his time and talent with the youths, making a day they will never forget.
The aspiring athletes were from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Sunrise Children's Services, Tickets for Kids, and Metro Louisville Youth Association organizations. All of the young people attended the camp for free.
Brooks visited the camp to cheer on the kids and talk to them about the importance of teamwork and the lessons that can be learned from playing sports. "The chances of them getting to become an NFL player are probably slim, like everywhere around the world," Brooks said. "But the chances of them becoming a good human being, that's what we're planning on. That's why we're here."
Teammates For Kids presents the Good Teammate Award at each youth sports camp they sponsor. 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 Louisville, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Chase Phillips, age 9; Michael Couch, age 11; and Jaylyn Simmons, 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.