For the 68th time on his current World Tour, Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a youth sports camp between shows. On November 4 in Tacoma, over 60 children had an amazing experience when they gathered at Stadium High School for a baseball camp. They honed their batting, throwing, and catching skills under the watchful eyes of former MLB center fielder (and former Seattle Mariner) Brian Hunter and his coaching staff. Brooks was also on site, just hours before his next show, coaching and cheering on the kids.
Brian Hunter played for seven teams during his 10-year MLB career, including the Seattle Mariners. He is a 2-time American League stolen base leader. He has been a Teammate since 1999, when he attended the press conference where Brooks announced the beginning of his foundation.
All of the young athletes, ages 9-13, attended the camp for free. They represented the following organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs South Pierce,Tacoma Community House, Tacoma Urban League, Camp Fire Orca, Tacoma Public Schools, Pierce County Alliance, Oasis of Hope Center, United Way of Pierce County, Big Brothers Big Sisters Tacoma Pierce County, Summit-Parkland Youth Association, Olive Crest, Tacoma Youth for Christ, and Reality Sports.
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 Tacoma, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Isaac Corona, age 9; Patricia Anderson, age 10; and Luke Tchobanoff, age 12.
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.