Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a youth football camp at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids last weekend. Former NFL place kicker Dave Rayner led the coaching staff in working with 80 local youths on their passing, catching, running, and other gridiron skills. Rayner has been a Teammate since 2006.
The children, who enjoyed this incredible experience at no cost, represented Family Promise of Grand Rapids, United Way, Tickets for Kids, West Michigan Junior Football League, the Urban League, D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s, and the Salvation Army Kroc Center. All of these organizations work to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth.
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 Grand Rapids, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Daniel Donaldson, Jr., age 9; Zavier Carew, age 10; and Damon Arnold, 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.