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Teammate Wainwright Part of MLB Record
2022-09-16 [1]
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Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina make record 325th start as battery.
Congratulations to Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina who made their 325th career start together Wednesday night, September 14, which set a major league record for most as a battery. The St. Louis duo eclipsed the regular-season mark of 324 by the Detroit Tigers pair of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan from 1963-1975. Wainwright threw a first-pitch strike to Christian Yelich who clearly didn't swing at it on purpose to allow for the official moment of the record to take place. The ball was set aside. Wainwright said he was grateful Yelich didn't hit it for a home run. Wainwright has thrown 2,136 of his 2,548 innings (83.8 percent) to Molina. He and Molina have teamed up to record 1,812 strikeouts. "A lot has taken place in that time span, and that's why I think this record is pretty darn cool," St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said before the game. "I don't see anyone coming close to ever reaching it again." Wainwright, a Teammate since 2004 worked with the Foundation to start the Home Plate Project 2019.

Arlington Marks 100th Camp
2022-08-05 [2]
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Garth’s Stadium and World Tour camps host more than 9,500 kids. Studio G - 100 Camps Video Teammates - 100 Camps Recap Video
Teammates For Kids and Garth Brooks, partnered to hold youth sports camps at every city during his World and Stadium Tours. Teammate athletes in each city volunteered their time to coach kids in one of eight different sports. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field. At one of the camps Garth hoped that in addition to those five words, the kids left the camp with another life lesson, “The greatest thing these kids will learn today is how to love one another.” Teammates For Kids covered all of the costs associated with the camps and all of the young athletes participated at no charge, Brooks added, “None of these kids pay a dime to be here, not of these coaches are paid a dime to be here – the volunteers, they are angels walking among us.” 100 CAMPS BY THE NUMBERS:
  • 77 different US cities
  • 7 different Canadian cities
  • 134 Professional athletes including 16 who participated in more than one camp
  • 14 college teams/athletes
  • 8 different sports: Baseball, Football, Golf, Hockey (both ice and floor), Lacrosse, Roping, Soccer and Track & Field
  • 3 all-girl camps
  • Over 9,500 kids from 9 to 13 years old.
Teammates also presented the Good Teammate Award at each of the camps. The award recognized the young athlete who best demonstrated the traits of a Total Teammate, including leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants. Thank you to everyone who helped make all 100 camps such a great success! Studio G - 100 Camps Video Teammates - 100 Camps Recap Video

Arlington Hosts Football Sports Camp
2022-08-02 [3]
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NFL veteran coaches the kids in Texas.
On July 30, while in Arlington, Texas for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert at AT&T Stadium, Teammates For Kids hosted a football sports camp at Grand Prairie High School. NFL veteran Ryan Neufeld (with help from his coaching staff) ran the young athletes through drills and scrimmages to help sharpen their gridiron skills. Neufeld has been a Teammate since 2004. He played 8 seasons in the NFL for the Cowboys, Jaguars, Seahawks and Bills. Ryan also played one season in NFL Europe and two seasons in the United Football League. The Foundation is so grateful that he stepped-up to host two of our camps for us. The boys and girls attended the sports camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The young footballers represented the Boys & Girls Club Plano, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas, I9 Sports Youth Flag Football League, YMCA of Fort Worth and Girls Inc. 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 Arlington, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Shafton Carter, Blaze Jackson, Atlen Lawrence and Jace Perry. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Youth Football Camp in Buffalo
2022-07-28 [4]
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Teammates hosts gridiron camp for 79 boys and girls in New York.
Young athletes in the Buffalo/Orchard Park area, had a unique, incredible experience on June 23rd when they were invited to attend a youth football camp hosted by Teammates for Kids as a part of Garth’s Stadium Tour. Eric Wood, former Bills Center, along with his coaching staff, ran the athletes through drills and scrimmages to develop their gridiron skills. Wood previously hosted camps in Buffalo and Louisville during Garth’s World Tour. He became a Teammate in 2009, after being drafted out of the University of Louisville in the first round (28th overall) by the Buffalo Bills. His nine seasons in the NFL included a Pro Bowl appearance. The camp participants, 79 boys and girls, attended the camp at SUNY Erie Community College – South Campus at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The young people represented the Amherst Recreation Department, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA Buffalo, Youth Advantage Flag Football, Girls on the Run, Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, Soccer for Success and Williams Jr Football. 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 Pittsburgh, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Nate Smith, age 9; Mason Zielinski, age 10; and Lila Ferrara, age 12. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

North Carolina Youth Sports Camp
2022-07-19 [5]
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Teammates hosts basketball camp presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation.
In connection with Garth Brooks' 2-night’s at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC last weekend, Teammates for Kids hosted a youth basketball camp for 84 young athletes presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. The kids, who came from Partners for Parks, Center 360, Naomi Drenan Center, I Am We Foundation, Indian Trail Youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Union County Kids, met at Naomi Drenan Rec Center. There they enjoyed a day developing their hoops skills under the direction of Tony Rack… Assistant Basketball coach at Winthrop University. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rack is a 2012 graduate of Northern Kentucky where he was a four-year member of the men's basketball team. As a player, Rack was known for his accuracy behind the 3-point arc at NKU as he led the team in 3-point field goal percentage for three consecutive seasons. As a senior, he finished the year with a 46.1 shooting percentage. He joined the Winthrop men’s basketball coaching staff in April of 2021. He has also coached at Western Carolina and Northern Kentucky. 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 Charlotte, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: London James, age 9 and Ana Acosta, age 12. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Hockey Camp Part of Canadian Tour Stop
2022-06-24 [6]
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128 kids participated in the Edmonton Sports Camp in conjunction with Garth’s Stadium Tour.
Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a floor-hockey Sports Camp on Thursday, June 23rd for 128 young student/athletes. The camp was held for the 5th and 6th Graders at Holyrood School in Edmonton. Professional hockey player Kyle Chipchura led a coaching staff that worked with the kids on all aspects of hockey plus encouraged them to understand the values that make up a good Teammate: Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect. Chipchura is a 10-year NHL veteran who was selected in the first round (18th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadians. In addition to the Canadians, Kyle’s NHL rosters include the Anaheim Ducks and the Arizona Coyotes. 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 Edmonton, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: <strong>Zoe Martin, Jakob Budman, Rin Jung and Grayson Roberts.</strong> Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to <strong>Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect</strong> into their lives on-and-off the field (or ice).

Sports Camp Features UAB Headcoach
2022-06-06 [7]
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University of Alabama Birmingham Head Football Coach and Players teach the kids.
On June 3rd, while in Birmingham for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert at Protective Stadium, Teammates For Kids hosted a football sports camp at Phillips Academy. Players from the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Football Team (helping as the camp coaching staff) ran the young athletes through drills and scrimmages to help sharpen their gridiron skills under the watchful eye of UAB Head Coach Bill Clark. Alabama native, Bill Clark had a 106 win – 11 loss record as the Head Coach at Prattville High School in Prattville Alabama. He led the school to back to back Alabama High School State Championships in 2006 and 2007. Clark then moved on to the college ranks, first coaching Jacksonville State to the playoffs in 2013 before moving on to the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2014. His success at UAB has been recognized with the C-USA Coach of the Year Award (2017), the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award (2018) and the Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year (2018). The 5th and 6th grade boys and girls attended the sports camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. All of the 137 student/athletes attend Phillips Academy in North Birmingham. The school is 98% minority and 100% of the students are considered under resourced. 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 Birmingham, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Skylar Hawkins, Kahyran Long, Davion Shorts and Zoey Madison. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Foxborough Football Sports Camp
2022-05-23 [8]
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131 student athletes learn from Patriot Cody Davis.
Sixth graders in the Foxborough area, had a fun and fulfilling experience on May 20th when a youth football camp hosted by Teammates for Kids came to their school. One hundred and thirty-one students at North Middle School in Brockton, Massachusetts were able to learn more about football and life from New England Patriots Safety Cody Davis. Davis was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2013 and became a Teammate in 2014. After five seasons with the Rams, Cody signed and played two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Moving on to New England in 2020, this will be his third season with the Patriots. Along with his coaching staff, Davis ran the North Middle School students through drills and scrimmages to help develop their gridiron skills. 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 Foxborough, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Image French, Marvens Alexis, Jailson Lopes and Claudina Andrae. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz Hosts Camp
2022-05-17 [9]
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Cincinnati kids learn at football camp presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation.
With football fans across the Cincinnati area still excited about the Bengals, Garth Brooks and Teammates For Kids hosted a football camp for 5th, 6th and 7th graders at Oyler School. While in Cincinnati for a Garth Stadium Concert at Paul Brown Stadium, Teammates welcomed 140 boys and girls to a football camp to learn from Muñoz, former Bengal Eric Ghiaciuc and football players from nearby Elder High School. Anthony Muñoz, Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1998 was the third overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He became a starter in his rookie season and was the Bengals left tackle for 13 seasons and is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. We are also proud that Anthony is a member of the Teammates For Kids Board of Directors. Eric Ghiaiuc became a Teammate in 2007. He was a 4th round pick of the Bengals in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Central Michigan. Ghiaciuc played on the Offensive Line for the Bengals, Dolphins and Chargers. 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 Cincinnati, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Dominic Mitchell, Alexis Byndon, London Davis and Terrell Franklin. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Notre Dame Football Camp
2022-05-09 [10]
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141 kids participate in sports camp as part of Garth’s Stadium Tour.
Teammates for Kids, and Garth Brooks joined forces again to bring a youth football camp to South Bend, Indiana on Friday, May 6th. One-Hundred and Forty-One 4th and 5th graders at Darden Elementary School, practiced their offensive and defensive gridiron skills under the direction of former NFL player Kyle Rudolph and the coaching staff. Rudolph has been a Teammate since 2012. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has been selected to two Pro Bowls. Kyle played for the New York Giants in 2021. We were also honored in 2018 when he hosted the SuperProCamp Vl with Garth in Minnesota prior to Super Bowl Lll. Teammates for Kids provides scholarships for all of the campers to attend for free and also presents the Good Teammate Award to those athletes who best demonstrate the traits of a TOTAL TEAMMATE--leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants. At Notre Dame, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Kaisan Rouse, Nyla Love, Payton Kujawa and Tanner Hinton. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Super Bowl Champ Hosts Camp
2022-05-02 [11]
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Kids in Baton Rouge enjoy Teammates football camp.
On April 29th, while in Baton Rouge for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert, Teammates For Kids hosted a football sports camp at Port Allen Middle School. The boys and girls attended the sports camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The 108 young football campers learned the skills of playing on the gridiron from former NFL Punter, Donnie Jones. Jones (a Teammate since 2004) won a BCS National Championship with Louisiana State University in 2003 and the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018. Donnie played high school football in Baton Rouge and had a 15 year career in the NFL. We were also honored to have him host our Camp with Garth in Lafayette, LA in 2017. Teammates For Kids presents the Good Teammate Award at each youth sports camp they sponsor. The award recognized the 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 Baton Rouge, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: <strong>Caliyah Brown, Thomas Becker, Dwaynia Lowery and Del Rosario.</strong> Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to <strong>Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect</strong> into their lives on-and-off the field.

Youth Football Camp in Fayetteville
2022-04-26 [12]
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Teammates gridiron camp brings smiles to Leverett Elementary.
when a youth football camp hosted by Teammates for Kids came to their school. One of the Leverett Teachers observed, “I am seeing smiles on faces of some kids that we have not seen smile in a long time.” Two former University of Arkansas Football players, Travis Swanson (Teammate since 2014), and Drew Morgan (Teammate since 2017), along with their coaching staff, ran the athletes through drills and scrimmages to develop their gridiron skills. Both Swanson and Morgan also played in the NFL. The camp participants, all students at Leverett Elementary in Fayetteville attended at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids, as a part of Garth’s Stadium Tour. The Leverett Principle said, “Thanks for coming to our school, our kids really needed this!” 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 Fayetteville, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Mariah Griffin, age 8; and Mason Watson, age 8. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Baseball Sports Camp in Nashville
2022-04-14 [13]
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Former MLB Pitcher Steven Wright teaches the game to 180 campers.
On Wednesday, April 13, while in Nashville for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert at Nissan Stadium, Teammates For Kids hosted a Baseball sports camp for 6th, 7th and 8th graders at John Early Magnet Middle School. Coaches at the camp taught baseball fundamentals to the young athletes under the keen-eye of former MLB Pitcher Steven Wright. Wright made his MLB debut in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox and was selected as an All-Star in 2016. Known for his Knuckleball, he received World Series rings with the Red Sox in 2013 and 2018. We are proud that he became a Teammate in 2016. Thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids, the 180 boys and girls were able to attend the sports camp at no charge. 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 Nashville, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Kordae Bush, 7th grade; and Jahriya Holmes, 6th grade. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Orlando Hosts Soccer Sports Camp
2022-03-25 [14]
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Campers learn from two-time MLS Champ Will Johnson
On March 25, while in Orlando for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert at Camping World Stadium, Teammates For Kids hosted a soccer sports camp at Round Lake Charter School. The 6th and 7th graders attended the camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The Camp Coaches ran the 172 young athletes through drills and scrimmages to help sharpen their skills on the Pitch under the watchful eye of former MLS All-Star Will Johnson. Johnson was one of the most successful midfielders in MLS history. He is a two-time MLS Champion (2009 - Real Salt Lake & 2015 – Portland Timbers), a 3-time MLS All-Star, was credited with the MLS Goal of the Year in 2008 and was named to the MLS Best Xl Team in 2013. Will has 45 caps for the Canadian National Team (2005-2019) and was named the Canadian Player of the Year in 2013. 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 Orlando, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Cole Shonk, age 11; Tyler Gray, age 11; JJ Jackson, age 12 and Cali Farmer, age 12. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

First Teammates Sports Camp in 2022
2022-03-05 [15]
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Teammate Mike Sweeney hosts camp for San Diego 6th graders.
165 boys and girls in San Diego, California had a one-of-a-kind learning experience on March 4 when they attended a youth baseball camp sponsored by Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids. The young athletes gathered at Farb Middle 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 five-time MLB All-Star Mike Sweeney (a Teammate since 2002). The participants attended the sports camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The young baseballers were 6th grade students at Farb Middle school. Since it is located a few blocks away from Murphy Canyon Military Housing more than half of Farb students hail from military families. 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 San Diego, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Jacob James, Lily Oliver, Jason Arias and Mason Shupe. 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.

Teammate Whitworth Named NFL Man of the Year before Winning Super Bowl LVI
2022-02-15 [16]
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The big man with the big heart named the 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.
Just days before Teammate Andrew Whitworth became a Super Bowl Champion, the big man with the big heart received the NFL's most prestigious tribute when Whitworth was named the 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at Thursday's NFL Honors in Los Angeles. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year is presented to a player in recognition of his "outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on it." "This award, though, has been about players who are great on the football field, but live with their hearts off it," Whitworth said Thursday in his acceptance speech, which brought tears to the eyes of many of the NFL's biggest and toughest stars. "They made their time in the NFL about more than just the stats they put out on the field, but how they lived off of it. I'm humbled, I'm honored to stand up here and represent the outstanding class of 2021 nominees and all of the previous winners." While Whitworth expressed gratitude for claiming the NFL's top honor, he used his platform to call for more action when it comes to giving back, imploring his league brethren to invest in helping others. "I'm here to tell you we have more work to do," Whitworth said. "Social media has been great for bringing awareness for all our causes. But that's not enough. We need more action. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, this is the truth: The people who come to see us play, who watch our game on TV, buy our jerseys, who follow you on social media, they're why our game exists. It's why we have a field to play on. We are financially supported and provided the opportunity to play a kids' game, because of the support we receive from communities across the county and across the world. He is just the fourth player to win the award and the Super Bowl in the same season, joining Johnny Unitas (Baltimore Colts, 1970), Joe Greene (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1979) and Joe Theismann (Washington, 1982). Whitworth, a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and now Super Bowl LVI Champion, became a Teammate in 2015. Congratulations Andrew on your amazing work on and off the field … we are so proud to call you a Teammate!

Phoenix Zone Celebrates Fiesta Bowl Experience
2022-01-26 [17]
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These 12 newly developed Ohmni Pro robots were granted to Phoenix Children’s by Fiesta Bowl Charities.
“I am so excited to be here, and it’s just so cool how this technology works!” expressed ten-year-old, Adri, while wearing her favorite cowboy hat that she displays when celebrating special occasions. Following her interviews, which included a trip to the ESPN broadcast booth, Adri joined 11 more Phoenix Children’s patients as they attended the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium, virtually, using Ohmni Pro robots. Six patients cheered on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and six patients rooted for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. They were right in the middle of the action while the teams ran out of their tunnels prior to kickoff. The patients also felt honored as they were featured during a welcoming stadium-wide greeting. These 12 newly developed Ohmni Pro robots were granted to Phoenix Children’s by Fiesta Bowl Charities. This donation was inspired by seeing the benefits of using telepresence robots that were given to each Zone in the Child Life Zone Network through the Teammates for Kids Foundation. The Child Life Zone team at Phoenix Children’s is excited to expand this robot programming so even more patients can enjoy experiences like the Fiesta Bowl. WATCH VIDEO

Inaugural Teammate Gabe Kapler NL Manager of the Year
2022-01-03 [18]
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Gabe Kapler, a 1999 Inaugural Teammate, 2021 National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Gabe Kapler, a 1999 Inaugural Teammate, who guided the San Francisco Giants to a franchise-record 107 victories in his second season, was named the 2021 National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Kapler spent 13 years in the majors after being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1995 MLB draft. After the Tigers, he played for Texas, Colorado, Boston, Yomiuri (Japan), Milwaukee and Tampa Bay. As a Manage Kapler has quickly built a reputation as an analytically savvy, outside-the-box thinker who relates well to players. The Giants went into 2021 with the sport’s second-oldest roster and 40-1 odds of winning the NL West, but guided by Kapler the team blow past expectations, holding off the Dodgers to claim its first division title in nine years. Congratulations Gabe … we are proud that you have been a Teammate from the start!

Two Teammates Selected to MLS BEST XI
2021-12-23 [19]
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Teammates Miles Robinson and Walker Zimmerman selected to the Major League Soccer 2021 Best XI roster.
Robinson, a Defender for Atlanta United FC, has been a Teammate since 2018. In the 25 matches in which the defender went the full 90 minutes, Atlanta United conceded an average of just 0.92 goals per match and tallied nine clean sheets. Miles Robinson's development with Atlanta has led to his emergence as a go-to defender within the USMNT squad – helping the Stars and Stripes to the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup crown as he contributes to World Cup qualification. This is Robinson’s second Best XI selection after making his Best XI debut in 2019. Zimmerman, a Defender for Nashville SC, joined the Foundation in 2015. Leading Nashville SC to new heights in 2021, Walker Zimmerman has been named MLS Defender of the Year for the second straight season and included in the Best XI for three consecutive seasons. Zimmerman led the Boys in Gold to a league-tying 13 clean sheets and went unbeaten at Nissan Stadium. The Georgia-born defender has accumulated 22 caps for the USMNT and helped the United States win the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. Best XI, a collection of elite performers from the 2021 MLS regular season and one of the most prestigious annual honors a player can receive. The Best XI – recognizing the league’s top players at each position as determined by media, MLS players, and MLS club technical staffs – features some of the league’s most exciting and accomplished talent. Representing eight nations and five clubs – all of which qualified for the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs – the group features a number of breakout stars selected to their first Best XI and several international stars on the brink of helping their national teams qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. We congratulate Miles and Walker … we are proud to call you Teammates!

Broncos and League Pay Tribute to Teammate DEMARYIUS THOMAS
2021-12-17 [20]
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The Denver Broncos honored the late Demaryius Thomas (Teammate since 2013).
The Denver Broncos honored the late Demaryius Thomas (Teammate since 2013) in various ways when they faced the Lions on Sunday, December 12, including having the offense take the field with just 10 players for its first play from scrimmage. The missing player was the “x” receiver which Thomas played for 9-seasons with the Broncos. Thomas, passed away tragically on Thursday, December 9 at the age of 33. A memorial was set up outside of the stadium for fans to mourn the franchise great. A framed jersey and a photograph of Thomas were displayed. The pre-game ceremonies included a tribute video and moment of silence. A number 88 painted on the field became a focal point for the Broncos players during the game. Peyton Manning and his family attended the game. Thomas was one of Manning’s star receivers on the 2016 Super Bowl championship team. In a pregame interview, Manning said that Thomas was one of the reasons he signed with Denver as a free agent. He also went on to say, “D.T. was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player. That tells you how good of a person he was. He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate’s charity event … he will be dearly missed.” Just a couple of the many comments from around the league: “I think we all know how gifted DT was on the football field but that was not his greatest gift — his greatest gift was the joy he brought to life,” Tebow said, while fighting back tears, “when he walked into a room he made it brighter!” Josh McDaniels called Thomas, “the best person I have ever coached.” Tom Brady posted on Twitter, “I’m so sad to wake up this morning to hear about the passing of my friend Demaryius Thomas. We were all blessed with his humility and positive spirit, and we will all miss him.” Pro Football writer Lindsay Jones, “Demaryius Thomas’ football feats were incredible, but the man I’ll remember: The guy who was kind, always smiling, who was Uncle DT to so many kids.” Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the Thomas family … we are so very proud to call him our Teammate.

AUDI 2021 MLS Cup Rosters include 13 Teammates
2021-12-09 [21]
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When Audi 2021 MLS Cup Final kicks off this Saturday, December 11 at 3pm EST, thirteen Teammates will be on the pitch.
When Audi 2021 MLS Cup Final kicks off this Saturday, December 11 at 3pm EST, thirteen Teammates will be on the pitch. Western Conference Champion, Portland Timbers will host the Finals at Providence Park and are playing for the MLS title for the third time in seven seasons. New York City FC is celebrating the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time in club history with their first trip to the finals. We want to congratulate and wish all the players on both the Portland Timbers and NYCFC all the best! Even though these great athletes are competing against each other to lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy, they are on the same team of helping kids around the World! The Portland Timbers Teammates are: • Jeff Attinella (Teammate since 2014) • Steve Clark (Teammate since 2014) • Larrys Mabiala (Teammate since 2018) • Diego Valeri (Teammate since 2013) • Sebastián Bianco (Teammate since 2018) • George Fochive (Teammate since 2014) • Diego Chará (Teammate since 2011) • Dairon Asprilla (Teammate since 2015) The New York City FC Teammates are: • Sean Johnson (Teammate since 2010) • Maxime Chanot (Teammate since 2017) • Maxi Morález (Teammate since 2017) • Tony Rocha (Teammate since 2018) • Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (Teammate since 2018)

KC Royals Receive the 2021 Selig Award
2021-12-03 [22]
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Congratulations to our friends at the Kansas City Royals for being honored with the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence.
Congratulations to our friends at the Kansas City Royals for being honored with the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence. The Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence, was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs. Major League Baseball recognized the Royals’ efforts to use the Urban Youth Academy as a community resource during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Their efforts provide a model on how organizations can make a meaningful impact in under-served areas that were the most negatively affected by the pandemic”, Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said. “Our entire organization is humbled by this award, especially as all 30 MLB clubs do impactful work in our communities,” John Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Royals, said, “I am grateful for the commitment and passion of our associates, and am inspired by their resiliency. There is much more to do. The work continues, with gratitude for the opportunity to support the region we love.” Teammates has had a great relationship with Kansas City since Garth wore the Royals uniform during Spring Training in 2004 and were proud to help financially with the Urban Youth Academy in 2017. We are thrilled to call you our Teammates. Read the complete MLB story

First Teammate Larry Walker has 33 Jersey Retired by Rockies
2021-11-24 [23]
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The number 3 has always been special for Larry Walker, and it’s why he wore No. 33 throughout his Hall of Fame career.
That number was officially retired by the Rockies on Saturday night, September 25th at Coors Field before Colorado’s game against the Giants, joining Todd Helton’s No. 17 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 on the façade of the second deck in right-center field. No Rockie will ever don No. 33 again. Seventeen days after he was officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the first member of the Rockies, the second Canadian-born player (Fergie Jenkins is the other), and yes, the 333rd individual to be enshrined in Cooperstown, Walker was celebrated before the fans in the city where his Hall of Fame credentials were built. “I just want to say a huge thank you to my teammates -- many of them are here today, as well as those who are not here,” Walker said. “The Hall of Fame and this number retirement do not happen without every one of my teammates. “… Behind me, a certain Hall of Fame plaque made its way from Cooperstown. I know a lot of you fans will take a photo with it today, and I hope you’ll visit it at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. But when you look at it, I want you to see your face, not mine. All of you are the reason this team exists. When I [talk about] the plaque, I say ‘we,’ not ‘I’ have a plaque in Cooperstown. Walker has said he never dreamed during his 10 seasons in a Rockies uniform that he would reach a moment like Saturday’s. But his accomplishments tell a different story: While with Colorado from 1995-2004, Walker won three batting titles (1998, '99 and 2001), five of his seven career Gold Glove Awards in right field, and the 1997 National League MVP Award. He remains the only Rockies player to have ever been named league MVP.

Former Royal Leads KC Baseball Camp
2021-08-13 [24]
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Teammate Alex Gordon enthusiastically shared his Gold Glove skills with the kids.
On August 7 while in Kansas City for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert, Teammates For Kids hosted a baseball sports camp at Kauffman Stadium. The boys and girls attended the sports camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The young baseball campers, from the Kansas City Royals Urban Youth Leagues, learned the skills of playing on the diamond from former Major Leaguer Alex Gordon. Alex Gordon (a Teammate since 2007), was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the second overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. A member of the Royals’ 2015 World Series Championship team, Gordon won eight Gold Glove Awards, four Fielding Bible Awards and a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. Alex retired in 2020 after playing his entire Major League career for Kansas City. 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 Kansas City, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Graylee Davis, age 9; Carolina Droge, age 10; and Larissa Zaragoza, age 12. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Hospitalized Kids Run the Bases at Dodger Stadium
2021-08-09 [25]
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OhmniBot Telepresence Robots take the patients to the park to meet the players.
Patients got a robot-eye view of home plate and chatted with Dodger players while “running” the bases via a tablet from their hospital beds. As a part of The Child Life Zone Network, the Chase Child Life Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital has two OhmniBot Telepresence robots that help pediatric patients feel a little less isolated during their hospital stay.

Floor Hockey Sports Camp in Nashville
2021-08-04 [26]
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Former NHL Goalie Chris Mason teaches the game to the kids.
On July 31, while in Nashville for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert at Nissan Stadium, Teammates For Kids hosted a floor hockey sports camp at Nashville Inner City Ministry. Coaches at the camp taught hockey fundamentals to the young athletes under the keen-eye of former NHL Goaltender Chris Mason. Mason was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1995 NHL Draft out of the WHL Prince George Cougars. The former Goalie was on the roster for the Predators, Blues, Thrashers and Jets in the NHL. After his retirement in 2015, Chris joined the Nashville Predators Radio Network as a color commentator. The boys and girls attended the sports camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The young hockey players represented the Nashville Predators, Backfield in Motion, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Caring Hearts Mexico, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Middle Tennessee. 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 Nashville, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Nicholas Jones, age 7; BJ Tate, age 12; and Greedy Sanchez, age 11. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Three Teammates Lead USA Baseball into Olympics
2021-07-30 [27]
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Frazier, Jackson and Kazmir take the field at international tournament.
For the first time since the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, baseball will be played at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Six teams qualified for the tournament, and they are broken into two groups. Group A features host Japan, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, while Group B features the United States, Israel and defending Olympic champion South Korea. We are proud to announce that three Teammates are part of the United States roster: Todd Frazier (Teammate since 2016) started all four games at third base for Team USA at the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, batting .400 and tying for a team-best with two home runs to go along with five RBIs. Frazier saved his best for the title-clinching game with a 4-for-4 night that included a double, a home run, and a stolen base as part of the 4-2 victory that secured the Olympic berth for the U.S. Edwin Jackson (Teammate since 2011) went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two appearances at the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, including a 2.0-inning stint to earn the victory in the title game – a 4-2 win over Venezuela. He also worked two-thirds of an inning in relief to help Team USA to an 8-6 win over the Dominican Republic that clinched a spot in the AOQ Super Round. Scott Kazmir (Teammate since 2006) will also get to wear the red, white and blue in Japan. The three-time MLB All-Star returned to the Majors last spring (pitching seven innings for the Giants) after being out for five seasons. This former AL strikeout leader will be an important part of Team USA’s pitching staff. Congratulations … we’re proud to call you Teammates!

PHX Zone Gets Pumped-Up for NBA Finals
2021-07-28 [28]
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Phoenix Children’s takes on Children’s Wisconsin in virtual challenge.
As the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks were in full pursuit of the NBA championship title, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Wisconsin engaged in a jubilant virtual competition of their own. It was a “Patient Pump-Up” that began with Dr. Wayne Franklin, MD in the Zone at Phoenix Children’s and Dr. David Margolis, MD at Children’s Wisconsin getting their hair sprayed with Suns/Bucks colors by patients. The doctors then challenged each other to a medical supply shooting contest, which Dr. Franklin won with his final toss just before the buzzer sounded! Patients embraced the friendly contest as they played a “Who Knows Their Team Better?” trivia game led by former Olympic athletes Lyndsey Fry and Alex Rigsby Cavallini. The excitement continued when the young fans were surprised with appearances by GO the Suns Gorilla and Mr. ORNG, a popular community figure. Patients showed everyone their best slam dunks, and to inspire their favorite teams, familiar cheers erupted at both hospitals. Six-year-old, Henry Paustian, had a blast throughout the “Patient Pump-Up” in The Child Life Zone. His favorite parts were spraying Dr. Franklin’s hair purple and holding up his orange & purple Suns sign while cheering with other fans. His mother, Stephanie Calkins, expressed, “It was really great to be a part of this as the Suns have always had a huge influence on our family. The energy really boosted Henry’s spirits, and it was cool to see how excited he was during a time that is typically hard for him medically. It helped him know that going to the hospital doesn’t only mean pokes & procedures and that there can be fun, too.” She added, “Even though we didn’t want the Bucks to win, it was still nice being able to have that Zoom time with other kids from another state. Once Henry grasped the location difference from Phoenix to Milwaukee, he thought that part was also cool!” She smiled as she reflected on Henry’s advice to all who attended: “We should say ‘Let’s Go Suns’ every day!”

Salt Lake Hosts Football Sports Camp
2021-07-20 [29]
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Two retired NFL Teammates coach kids in Utah.
On July 17, while in Salt Lake for the Garth Brooks Stadium Concert at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium, The Teammates For Kids Foundation hosted a football sports camp at Northwest Recreation Center. Players from the University of Utah Football Team (helping as the camp coaching staff) ran the young athletes through drills and scrimmages to help sharpen their gridiron skills under the watchful eye of former NFL players Mark Asper and Daniel Coats. Mark Asper was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Oregon. The former NFL offensive lineman as on the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Giants rosters. Daniel Coats played his college football as a tight end with Brigham Young University. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Coats finished his NFL career with the Denver Broncos. The boys and girls attended the sports camp at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The young footballers represented the Aftermath Youth Football League, Big Brothers Big Sisters Utah, Neighborhood House Salt Lake 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 Salt Lake, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Mia Garcia, age 9; Isaac Korthas, age 13; and Hunter Critchlow, age 14. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the to Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Youth Soccer Camp in Las Vegas
2021-07-14 [30]
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Teammates sports camps return after 504-day Covid break.
Young athletes in the Las Vegas area, had a unique and fun experience on July 10 when they were invited to attend a youth soccer camp hosted by Teammates for Kids as a part of Garth’s Stadium Tour. Players from the UNLV Women’s Soccer Team (helping as the camp coaching staff) ran the athletes through drills and practice matches to help sharpen their soccer skills under the watchful eye of UNLV Head Coach Jenny Ruiz-Williams. Ruiz-Williams competed for the Mexican National Team at the highest level, earning medals at three Pan American Games, qualifying for the Olympics and playing at the FIFA World Cup. Her professional career extended beyond her national playing time, completing stints with both the Bay Area Breeze (Women's Premier Soccer League) and Seattle Reign FC (National Women's Soccer League) before returning to the college game to begin her coaching career. A former UNLV Rebel standout as a student-athlete from 2001-04, she returns to her alma mater after serving as an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge and Oregon State. The camp participants, over 95 boys and girls, attended the camp at Lied Memorial Boys and Girls Club at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Teammates for Kids. The young people represented the Ralph and Betty Englestad Boys and Girls Club, Albion SC, Boulder Highway Boys and Girls Club, Eagle Quest, Silver State Soccer, St. Jude’s Ranch, Tickets for Kids Charities and Lied Memorial Boys and Girls Club. 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 Vegas, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Elias Coleman, age 8; Celeste Gallegos, age 10; and Brianna Lee, age 12. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Teammate athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. In addition to learning the fundamentals of a specific sport, the coaches discuss with the kids what it means to be a Good Teammate and how to incorporate the Five Words of Wisdom … Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect into their lives on-and-off the field.

Teammate ANDRE VASILEVSKIY Wins Conn Smythe
2021-07-12 [31]
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Four Teammates help Tampa Bay repeat as Stanley Cup Champs!
Congratulations to Teammate Andrei Vasilevskiy for being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, July 7. Vasilevskiy was voted the winner after he helped the Tampa Bay Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions. He made 22 saves in a 1-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Cup Final at Amalie Arena. "I can't believe it," Vasilevskiy said. He is the first goalie in NHL history to get a shutout in five straight series-clinching wins and the first to do it four times in a single postseason. "It's obviously the whole team deserves it for sure," Vasilevskiy said. "Just to have five shutouts in one playoffs, it's all about team for sure. We were able to shut down the teams four times in a row in clinching games, just amazing. Can't say more. It's not about me, it's about our team." We would also like to congratulate the other Lightning Teammates: Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, and Alex Killorn for bringing home the Cup!

Congrats to ZACK STEFFEN for being the first American to win the Premier League title.
2021-05-19 [32]
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Zack has been a Teammate since 2017 when he was playing for the Columbus Crew SC of MLS.
Manchester City recently won their 7th League title. Born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, he has been a Teammate since 2017 when he was playing for the Columbus Crew SC of MLS. In 2015 Zack signed a professional contract with German club SC Freiburg after playing two seasons at the University of Maryland. The goalkeeper returned to the United States in 2016, signing with Columbus Crew SC. After 4 seasons in MLS he signed with Manchester City. He has made 21 appearances for the USMNT.

Teammate Wade Miley Throws No-Hitter
2021-05-12 [33]
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Congrats to WADE MILEY for throwing the 4th No-Hitter this season and 309th in MLB history.
Congrats to WADE MILEY for throwing the 4th No-Hitter this season and 309th in MLB history. The Cincinnati Reds left-hander first became a Teammate in 2013 when he was pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 1st round draft pick in 2008 played college baseball at Southeastern Louisiana University. In his 11th season in big leagues, the Louisiana native also played for the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros.

Phoenix Zone Teams Up With the Diamondbacks
2021-05-06 [34]
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It is an experience that fourteen-year-old Eddie Smith says he will remember forever!
It is an experience that fourteen-year-old Eddie Smith says he will remember forever! While driving a robot from his hospital room at Phoenix Children’s, Eddie went on a grand slam tour at Chase Field – home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. From joining a press conference to checking out the clubhouse to talking with his favorite players at batting practice, emotions were charged. When asked what it was like, Eddie expressed, “Surreal, awesome, a once in a lifetime thing!” The Child Life Zone team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, along with the Diamondbacks organization, have been strategizing how to utilize OhmniLabs robots with the hope of brightening hospital stays for patients and families. Working together, they are implementing innovative ways to give patients opportunities to make inspiring connections that extend beyond the walls of their hospital rooms. Eddie’s grandma, Mary Smith, shared, “Eddie’s visit with Torey Lovullo (Manager), Pat O’Connell (Director of Player and Media Relations), along with several players like David Peralta, Pavin Smith, and Eduardo Escobar, will always be one of his greatest stories! He cried he was so happy. It made his life!” WATCH VIDEO

Phoenix Coyotes honor Teammate Leighton Accardo
2021-04-20 [35]
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Leighton Accardo, honorary Coyotes teammate, “Hockey Fights Cancer” ambassador and a skater with the Kachinas Girls’ Hockey Association, passed away, at age nine on November 24, 2020 from Stage Four cancer.
Leighton Accardo, honorary Coyotes teammate, “Hockey Fights Cancer” ambassador and a skater with the Kachinas Girls’ Hockey Association, passed away, at age nine on November 24, 2020 from Stage Four cancer. Her life and spirit were honored on Saturday, April 17 at Gila River Arena prior to the game against the St. Louis Blues. She became the first individual who is not a former player, coach, general manager, or broadcaster, to be inducted into a team’s Ring of Honor in the entire National Hockey League. “Accardo” and Leighton’s hockey number, 49, is now permanently etched into the arena’s upper ring, joining Wayne Gretzky, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Teppo Numminen, Dale Hawerchuck, Thomas Steen and Bobby Hull. The hockey community first became familiar with Leighton when she signed a one-day contract in February 2019 to be the Coyotes ambassador for “Hockey Fights Cancer Night.” In addition to serving as pre-game locker-room speaker, she swapped roles with Captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, taking the ceremonial face-off. “She is a part of the Coyotes, and she forever will be,” said Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez, “her name in the Ring of Honor is incredibly special to this organization. She inspired us. She brought us together. She created hope. She brought joy.” The Coyotes have worn “LA49” decals on their helmets this season and wore special jerseys during pre-game warm-ups on Saturday, they are being auctioned off to benefit the Leighton Accardo Memorial Scholarship Fund for girls’ hockey in Arizona. The entire Accardo family attended the ceremony, siblings Larson, LeeAnne and Locke, and father, Jeremy (a Teammate since 2007), who took a leave from his duties as New York Mets assistant pitching coach. This courageous young girl was able to spend time at the Child Life Zone during her stays at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Coyotes Tribute Video

Teammate Al Leiter’s son is dominating College Baseball
2021-04-13 [36]
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We would like to congratulate Jack Leiter (son of Teammate Al Leiter) for his amazing 7-0 start this spring.
We would like to congratulate Jack Leiter (son of Teammate Al Leiter) for his amazing 7-0 start this spring. Leiter has a 0.55 ERA in his eight starts this season with 84 strikeouts and 19 walks in 49 innings. He has allowed just three earned runs and thirteen hits. The son of former Major League All-Star pitcher Al Leiter (a Teammate since 1999) is a favorite to go in the first few picks of the MLB draft in July. Jack had extended his no-hit streak to 20 innings and his scoreless run to 25 frames before both came to a halt in the fifth inning of Vanderbilt’s 11-2 victory over LSU on Friday, April 2. The 20-year-old sophomore has reached a point where expectations have crossed a remarkable line … if Jack gives up a lone run it becomes newsworthy. Congratulations to the Leiter family!

Teammate Dan Campbell named Lions Head Coach
2021-02-09 [37]
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Congratulations to Teammate Dan Campbell who officially became the Detroit Lions Head Coach on January 20, 2021. Campbell has been a Teammate since 2007.
Congratulations to Teammate Dan Campbell who officially became the Detroit Lions Head Coach on January 20, 2021. Campbell has been a Teammate since 2007. Campbell brings 22 years of NFL experience to the Lions, including 11 years as a coach and 11 as a player. He most recently served as the assistant head coach/tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints, a position he held since 2016. Campbell entered the NFL coaching ranks following an 11-year playing career with the New York Giants (1999-2002), Dallas Cowboys (2003-05), Detroit Lions (2006-08) and New Orleans Saints (2009). A third-round selection by the New York Giants in the 1999 NFL Draft, the former tight end appeared in 114 total career games (76 starts) and caught 91 passes for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns. He becomes the fifth former Lions player to be named full-time head coach for the team and the first since Joe Schmidt, who played for Detroit from 1953-65 and served as head coach from 1967-72. A Clifton, Texas native, Campbell attended Texas A&M, where he was a four-year letterman for the Aggies and majored in agricultural development. Campbell and his wife, Holly, have a son, Cody, and a daughter, Piper.

“Love ... will not be cancelled” T-Shirt Sale Raises $65,000.
2021-02-02 [38]
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Thank you to everyone who purchased a “Love ... will not be cancelled” t-shirt, generating $65,000 for the Teammates for Kids Child Life Zone Network!  Sales will continue while supplies last.  Only 35 shirts remain.
Thank you to everyone who purchased a “Love ... will not be cancelled” t-shirt, generating $65,000 for the Teammates for Kids Child Life Zone Network!  Sales will continue while supplies last.  Only 35 shirts remain. The t-shirts are available exclusively in the store at garthbrooks.com for $25. Sales began in December, after Garth wore one of the shirts during “Garth & Trisha Live: A Holiday Concert Event” on CBS.  Garth’s Teammates for Kids Foundation currently supports a network of 13 Child Life Zones in children’s hospitals across the country.  A Child Life Zone is a state-of-the-art, therapeutic play area inside a hospital where pediatric patients and their families can play, learn, laugh, and relax. Photos are of Child Life Zone staffers proudly wearing their shirts as they receive the COVID vaccine.

PUPPYatrics at San Antonio Zone
2020-12-08 [39]
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The Children's Hospital of San Antonio has now grown by four furry feet! Recently, our hospital welcomed a facility dog. The pup named Marcus is the first member of the PUPPYatrics team in our hospital's Child Life Department.
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio has now grown by four furry feet! Recently, our hospital welcomed a facility dog. The pup named Marcus is the first member of the PUPPYatrics team in our hospital's Child Life Department. Marcus is a lab/golden mix, is two years old and was generously donated by: Asher and Zoe Reilly and the Reilly Family Foundation. He came to us from the organization Canine Assistants and its Children's Hospital Initiative. The dogs from this program are not like others from normal therapy dog programs. Because of their specialized teaching and calm disposition, these dogs are allowed special access to patients in almost all areas of the hospital. A facility dog serves many roles, including: • Providing emotional support and comfort to patients and their families to aid in coping with the stressors of hospitalization; • Normalizing the hospital environment; • Helping patients reach their treatment goals by providing support during procedures, encouraging movement, and promoting play; • Providing support for pain management; • Providing support to staff to aid in reducing caregiver fatigue and increasing morale; and • Offering a sense of unconditional love and acceptance "After months of preparation and training, we are thrilled to have Marcus here at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio," said Allison Sharawi, Facility Dog Coordinator. "Our newest associate is a win-win for our patients and associates. Marcus will make hospitalizations easier for the children and their families, while boosting the spirits of our amazing teams during these challenging times." Marcus is already making a huge impression at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio. During his first few days, he met associates and patients, explored the hospital, and received a Blessing of the Paws from our Spiritual Care team. Learn more about our new PUPPYatrics Program and follow the adventures of Marcus on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/puppyatrics

Congratulations to Teammate Jarome Iginla
2020-06-25 [40]
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Jarome Iginla (Teammate since 2003) was selected to Hockey’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Others chosen are Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre and Ken Holland.
Jarome Iginla (Teammate since 2003) was selected to Hockey’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Others chosen are Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre and Ken Holland. Iginla spent 1,219 of his 1,554 NHL games as a member of the Flames. After breaking into the league in 1996, “Iggy” went on to score 625 goals, record 1,300 points, win two Rocket Richard Trophies, the King Clancy, the Art Ross, and the Ted Lindsay Award. The winger was a six-time All-Star. Iginla managed two 50-goal seasons, and passed the 40-goal mark on four occasions. The power forward also distinguished himself before reaching the NHL, winning two Memorial Cups with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. On the international scene, he represented Canada at various levels, winning two World Junior Championships, one World Championship, one World Cup of Hockey, and two Olympic gold medals. Iginla set up Sidney Crosby‘s “golden goal” in overtime during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Lee Brice Visits Phoenix Zone
2020-01-29 [41]
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The Zone at Phoenix Children's Hospital was buzzing with excitement when Lee Brice visited for the very first time.
The Zone at Phoenix Children's Hospital was buzzing with excitement when Lee Brice visited for the very first time. Patients and families lined up to shake hands, get autographs, and pose for photos with the popular country artist. With a sincere heart, Lee Brice took his time uplifting the spirits of each person he met. "He seemed excited to meet us," said 17-year-old patient Kiersten Pennington. The star personalized every conversation. "He told me that his son is about my age and also likes soccer!" expressed 11-year-old patient, Isaac. Before parting ways with his new friends, Lee Brice picked up The Zone's Garth Brooks' autographed guitar for an impromptu performance of the hit song "Rumor." Cheers filled The Zone as he played the last note. "I'm in a hospital and we got to have our own mini concert!" exclaimed Kiersten Pennington, "It was so cool!" CLICK HERE to watch video.

CONGRATULATIONS LARRY!
2020-01-21 [42]
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We would like to salute our Teammate Larry Walker, who was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
We would like to salute our Teammate Larry Walker, who was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (Wearing a Teammates ball cap.) Larry will be officially honored during the induction ceremony on July 26 in Cooperstown. Walker batted .313 with 383 home runs over 17 seasons with Montreal, Colorado and St. Louis. He was the National League MVP in 1997 when he hit .366 with league-leading totals in home runs (49), total bases (409, the 18th -highest single-season total in history), on-base percentage (.452) and slugging percentage (.720) for the Rockies. The three-time batting champion won seven Gold Glove Awards for fielding and three Silver Slugger Awards as an outfielder. Walker was a five-time All-Star who ranks 12th in career slugging percentage (.565) and 15th in career on-base percentage plus slugging (.965). He batted .357 with a 1.366 OPS in his only World Series appearance, in 2004 with the Cardinals. Larry was the first official "Teammate" to sign on when the foundation began in 1999, and he has served on the Board of Directors since 2002. "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 not only be on the board, but to be the first athlete to be part of this incredible group!" "Walker is all about the kids. He has served this foundation since day one, he has been a dear friend to me ever since and will continue to be the rest of my life. I love Larry Walker," said Co-Founder of Teammates for Kids Garth Brooks.

Garth's 7th!
2019-11-18 [43]
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For the third time in the past four years Teammates co-founder Garth Brooks was honored as the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year.
For the third time in the past four years Teammates co-founder Garth Brooks was honored as the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year. Garth is the only artist in CMA Awards history to win the award 7 times. The legendary entertainer (who continues to set new records at every venue during the current Stadium Tour) always keeps the needs of kids in his heart and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children all around the world. We are all proud to be a part of your Team!

WWE Stars Shine at PHX Zone
2019-10-17 [44]
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Patients in The Child Life Zone at Phoenix Children's Hospital were awarded championship belts during a visit with four professional wrestlers this week.
Patients in The Child Life Zone at Phoenix Children's Hospital were awarded championship belts during a visit with four professional wrestlers this week. Prior to their Monday Night Raw event at Talking Stick Resort Arena, WWE superstars Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke, Titus O'Neil, and Mojo Rawley shared several inspiring moments with PCH superstars. Nine-year-old patient, Erin, had tickets to the WWE matches but was unable to attend after being admitted to the hospital. Her disappointment immediately switched to excitement when she actually met the wrestlers in person. Erin's face lit up as she expressed, "Dana Brooke even FaceTimed my favorite wrestler, Alexa Bliss, so I got to talk to her, too!" Child life specialist Tori Hoffman stated, "Erin is still carrying around her championship belt and is all smiles when she talks about her experience with the WWE athletes. Seeing her so happy about this during a challenging time is really something special!"

Hockey Sports Camp in Canada
2019-08-12 [45]
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Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a youth sports camp in Regina, Saskatchewan, bringing in 92 young athletes for a day of hockey on Saturday, August 10.
Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a youth sports camp in Regina, Saskatchewan, bringing in 92 young athletes for a day of hockey on Saturday, August 10. The camp was held at Cooperators Centre on the Prairie Mobile Arena and the kids represented the Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Regina, City Kidz - Regina, Ehrlo Sports Venture, Foster Families Association - Regina and Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation. Professional hockey players Travis Moen, Mike Sillinger and JC Lipon lead a coaching staff that worked with the kids on all aspects of hockey plus encouraged them to understand the values that make up a good Teammate: Attitude, Character, Courage, Discipline and Respect. 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 Regina, Good Teammate Awards were presented to:Venice Gagnon, age 9; Morgyn Moule, age 10; and Gabriella Howlett, age 13. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth Sports Camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, track & field and golf.

Will Harris Part of Astros No-HIitter
2019-08-08 [46]
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Teammate Will Harris, joined Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski for a combined no-hitter in a 9-0 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, August 3rd.
Teammate Will Harris, joined Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski for a combined no-hitter in a 9-0 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, August 3rd. It was the 12th no-hitter and the second combined no-hitter in Houston Astros history. Congratulations Will and thanks for everything you do to help kids around the world!

Announcing the HOME PLATE PROJECT
2019-08-05 [47]
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Currently in the U.S., 1 in 6 children may not know where their next meal is coming from. As child hunger is a growing problem in our country, players from all 30 Major League Baseball teams are stepping up to the plate.
Currently in the U.S., 1 in 6 children may not know where their next meal is coming from. As child hunger is a growing problem in our country, players from all 30 Major League Baseball teams are stepping up to the plate. Today, we're announcing a partnership with MLB and Big League Impact - the Home Plate Project. This groundbreaking initiative, featuring superstars like Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom and Josh Bell, will work with local organizations across all MLB cities to distribute food and non-perishables to children in need. The Home Plate Project is expected to reach more than 25,000 children and provide more than 3.6 million meals. Go to HOME PLATE PROJECT

MLS All-Star Teammates
2019-07-26 [48]
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Major League Soccer's star-studded roster is set for the 2019 MLS All-Star Game and it will showcase 9 current and past Teammates.
Major League Soccer's star-studded roster is set for the 2019 MLS All-Star Game and it will showcase 9 current and past Teammates. This highly anticipated event against the La Liga powerhouse, Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, July 31 will be played at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando Florida (8:00 pm Eastern Time, live on FS1, UniMas, TSN and TVA Sports). Congratulations ... you are all All-Stars on-and-off the pitch to the kids who's lives you've positively changed. The 9 All-Star Teammates include: Andre Blake - Philadelphia Union Brad Guzan - Atlanta United Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake Walker Zimmerman - Los Angeles Football Club Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City Diego Chara - Portland Timbers Mark-Anthony Kaye - Los Angeles Football Club Maxi Moralez - NYCFC Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes

Teammates Tee-Up First Golf Sports Camp
2019-07-22 [49]
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Teammates for Kids, and Garth Brooks joined forces to bring a youth golf camp to Boise, Idaho on Saturday, July 20.
Teammates for Kids, and Garth Brooks joined forces to bring a youth golf camp to Boise, Idaho on Saturday, July 20. One-Hundred and Two area children from Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, Ronald McDonald House and 19 Community Fund were guests at the daylong camp, where they practiced their golfing skills under the direction of PGA Professional and Boise State Graduate Graham DeLaet and the coaching staff. The camp was held at the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County - Meridian Unit. Teammates for Kids provides scholarships so all of the campers can attend for free and also presents the Good Teammate Award to those athletes who best demonstrate the traits of a TOTAL TEAMMATE - leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants. In Boise, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Rory, Team 3; Enslea, Team 5; and Gage, Team 8. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth Sports Camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, track & field and now golf.

Eugene Hosts First Track & Field Camp
2019-07-02 [50]
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While in Eugene for a Stadium Concert at the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium, Garth Brooks and Teammates For Kids hosted their first track and field Sports Camp at South Eugene High School.
While in Eugene for a Stadium Concert at the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium, Garth Brooks and Teammates For Kids hosted their first track and field Sports Camp at South Eugene High School. In addition to learning many of the disciplines of the sport including: sprints, relays, shot put, high jump, long jump and the javelin, the one-hundred athletes also worked with their coaches on better understanding the importance of attitude, character, courage, discipline and respect. The young athletes participated in the camp at no charge. Participants were elementary and middle school students representing Boys & Girls Club Emerald, Co-Op Family Center, Kidsports, Military Gold Star Parents, YMCA Eugene, NAACP Eugene/Springfield, Oregon Community Programs, Elrod Center, A Family for Every Child and Williamalane Parks & Recreation. 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 Eugene, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Chloe Krouse, age 9; and Beth Hsu, age 10. Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth Sports Camps at every city on his Stadium Tour. Athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse and now track & field.



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