Ninety-seven boys and girls in St. Louis, Missouri had a one-of-a-kind learning experience on March 9 when they attended a youth baseball camp sponsored by Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids. The young athletes gathered at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School for an opportunity to hone their hitting, fielding, and base running skills, all under the watchful eye of a coaching staff led by former MLB All-Star Larry Walker.
Walker, the 1997 National League MVP, was the first official “Teammate” to sign on when the foundation began in 1999, "I had no idea when I first joined Teammates for Kids that it would be as amazing as it is!” said Walker. “The number of lives that it has touched is out of this world! It has been a true honor to be the first player to be part of this incredible group!"
The young athletes participated in the camp at no charge. They are elementary and middle school students representing St. Louis Youth Sports Outreach, Children’s Home Society of Missouri, Tickets for Kids Charities, Crisis Nursery, DeSales Community Development and Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis.
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 St. Louis, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Kaydin Nelson, age 10; Brianna Kelley, age 10; and Ahmad Nelson, age 11.
St. Louis was the inaugural Teammates sports camp. Teammates will partner with Garth to hold a sports camp at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in either football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. The next Teammates sports camp will be a football camp in Glendale, Arizona with Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sharing his talents with the kids.