On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Columbus last weekend, Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted the 40th youth sports camp to date at a city on Brooks' World Tour. The 125 kids ages 9-13 who attended the football camp at Worthington Kilbourne High School practiced their gridiron skills and enjoyed a spirited scrimmage.
Chris Spielman, former NFL player for the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and the Cleveland Browns, and current college football analyst with ESPN, coached and mentored the young athletes. He was joined by Nick Foligno, captain of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. Spielman has been a Teammate since 2010, and Foligno since 2008.
Kids at the camp represented Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Most Valuable Kids, Tickets for Kids Charities, Ohio NYAP, and West Union Football. Brooks and his wife and tourmate Trisha Yearwood visited the camp to share encouraging words and talk about the importance of teamwork.
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 Columbus, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Malachi Vera, age 10; Tay’Shawn Eggleton, age 11; and Tatyana Jamamillo, age 12.
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.