Children from the Little Rock Boys and Girls Club had a rare opportunity to hone their baseball skills with the pros last Saturday at Lamar Porter Field. As Garth Brooks' World Tour made its way through Arkansas, he partnered with Teammates For Kids and ProCamps to offer an afternoon camp where about 75 kids practiced batting, pitching, and fielding. Their coaches were members of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball team, Major League players including the Cubs Travis Wood, Phillies Jonathan Pettibone and Cliff Lee, and free agent Dustin Moseley.
Brooks also stopped by the field, just hours before his final concert in Little Rock, to share his words of encouragement with the kids.
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. At each camp, the Good Teammate Award is presented to recognize the young athletes who best demonstrate the traits of a Total Teammate: leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants. In Little Rock, the awards went to: Jada Page, age 10; Travon Ranels, age 10; and Evan Stewart, age 12.