Garth Brooks brought more than music to Las Cruces when he was in the city last weekend for five concerts. On Saturday, Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a youth football camp for local children.
About 75 kids, ages 9-13, attended the camp at Aggie Memorial Stadium, where members of the New Mexico State University football team coached them in basic football skills.
Brooks, who visited the camp to encourage the kids and toss the ball with them, explained the purpose of the youth sports camps that he and Teammates bring to every city on his World Tour. "What this is about is using sports, which we all loved as kids, and using the coaches to get all these kids around today and talking about loving one another," he said.
"I'm a big Garth Brooks fan," NMSU wide receiver Dallas Hart said. "To have him out here in the Las Cruces community, especially taking his time off away to help these players and help us -- it means a lot to this community for sure."
The children who participated in the camp represent several community organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters Las Cruces, Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces, Families and Youth, Inc., Las Cruces Public Schools, and Tickets for Kids Charities.
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 Las Cruces, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Jamil Dincol,age 9; Marcus Luhan, age 12; and Caleb Candelaria, age 13.
Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his World Tour. Brooks and athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer.