On December 9, hours before kicking off his 7-show run at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Garth Brooks welcomed over 80 boys and girls to a floor hockey camp in the rehearsal hall at the arena. Former NHL goalie Chris Mason led the coaching staff, who ran the kids through ball-handling drills and relays. Mason, who played for the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, and Atlanta Thrashers, has been a proud Teammate since 2008.
Brooks visited the camp to cheer the kids on and talk to them about loving one another and being good teammates.
The young athletes, ages 9-13, represented Backfield in Motion, AMEND Together, Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, and the Edgehill Bike Club. Thanks to Teammates for Kids, they 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 Nashville, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Henry Miller, age 10; Aniyah Tarrant, age 11; and Keyleigh Sisco, age 12.
Teammates For Kids and Brooks have partnered to hold youth sports camps at every city on his World Tour, which wraps up in Nashville. Brooks and Teammate athletes in each city volunteered their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer.