For only the second time since Garth Brooks and Teammates For Kids began hosting youth sports camps, they offered a dual baseball and ball hockey camp for Anaheim area kids on September 17.
While Brooks was in Anaheim for three concerts at the Honda Center, he took some off-stage time to host the camp, along with Anaheim Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney and Ducks Defenseman Cam Fowler. 2016 is the first year Andrew has been a Teammate while this will be season 5 for Cam. As the 88 young athletes arrived at El Dorado High School in Placentia, they divided into two groups. One group started their day honing their baseball skills with Heaney, while the other began stick handling and shooting drills with Fowler. Halfway through the day, the groups switched, exposing all of the kids to both sports.
Brooks himself was on hand to coach, encourage and talk to the kids about the importance of teamwork and loving one another.
Boys and girls at the camp, ages 9-13, represented The Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Foster Care Auxiliary Services, Anaheim Family YMCA, and the Angels RBI League. They all attended the camp for free.
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 Anaheim, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Alana Hernandez, age 9; Remisio Morales, age 12; Isaiah Quintero, age 10; and Andrew Boratynec, age 11.
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.