While he was in town for four shows at the Charleston Civic Center last weekend, Garth Brooks partnered with Teammates for Kids and brought a youth basketball camp to the campus of West Virginia State University.
Almost 100 boys and girls ages 9-13 met up on the basketball court at the Walker Convocation Center on Saturday. Representing the Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, Saint Albans Boys & Girls Club, East End Family Resource Center, YMCA Family Center of Kanawha Valley, Kanawha County Schools, Putnam County Schools, and Tickets for Kids, the children attended the camp for free.
Members of the West Virginia State men’s and women’s basketball teams and their coaches, Bryan Poore and Robert Marshall, coached and encouraged the kids as they led them through drills and relays. Brooks also cheered on the athletes and spoke to them about the importance of love and teamwork in their lives.
Brooks commented about what he hopes the kids learn at the sports camps he and Teammates sponsor in every city on his tour. “Not only are they learning skills, but they’re learning how to be teammates, love one another and realize that anything in life — if you’re going to get there — it takes more than just you to get there. It’s finding that teammate, and moving forward."
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 Charleston, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Sam Gabehart, age 9; Makenna Keefer, age 10; and Trevor McGuire, 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.