During his recent tour stop in Greenville, South Carolina, Garth Brooks made time to host a baseball camp for local children. Nearly 100 young athletes ages 9-13 crowded into Wade Hampton High School to hone their hitting, fielding, and base running skills with Joe Burke, formerly with the Somerset Patriots, and his coaching staff.
Brooks visited the camp to play ball with the kids and to offer words of encouragement. He also spoke about the importance of teamwork and loving one another.
The children who attended the camp represented Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Partners for Parks, Kroc Center Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Greenville County Schools, Most Valuable Kids, and the United Way Greenville. They all attended the camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. Joe Burke has been a Teammate since 2014.
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 Greenville, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Addison Thomason, age 9; Emma Fonokalafi, age 11; and Autumn Dorsey, 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.