Teammates for Kids, ProCamps, Garth Brooks, and the St. Louis Blues joined forces to bring yet another youth sports camp to the most recent stop on Brooks’ World Tour. Last weekend in St. Louis, young hockey players from the Mathew-Dickey Boys and Girls Club had the enviable opportunity to hit the ice and learn from the pros. St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman, Hall of Famer Brett Hull, and former Blues players Kelly Chase and Bobby Plager gave their time to coach the kids at the Mathew-Dickey outdoor rink. Brooks, in the midst of his 4-concert run in St. Louis, watched the kids show off their skills and shouted words of encouragement.
Hainyja Cooper age 8, Christian Sieve age 10 and Curtis Henderson Jr. age 10 all received the Good Teammate Award at the camp. Teammates provides the award to recognize the young athletes who best exhibit the traits of a Total Teammate: leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants.
Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold ProCamps 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.
Speaking about Teammates for Kids’ mission, Brooks said, "It's about children in need, and unfortunately, you've got children in need everywhere. Fortunately, you've got people like Mr. Mathews [Martin L. Mathews, who cofounded the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club in 1960] who dedicate their lives to taking care of these families. That's what it's all about."