Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids hosted a youth football camp for southern California kids on July 22, with coaching help from several L.A. Rams players.
Almost 75 children, ages 9-13, participated in the camp at Champions Field at Edward Vincent, Jr. Park in Inglewood, where they had the chance to learn from the best—L.A. Rams quarterback Sean Mannion, long snapper Jake McQuaide, safety Cody Davis, and linebackers Bryce Hager and Matt Longacre. The camp included football drills and scrimmages, providing an opportunity for the kids not only to practice passing, running, and catching, but also to make new friends and learn the value of teamwork.
McQuaide, who has been a partner Teammate since 2011, said, "You come out here to have some fun with the kids. You get caught up, and you want your team to win. You want the kids to do well. It really is about the kids having a great time. And we're having a great time, too."
Davis has been a Teammate since 2014, Mannion and Longacre since 2015, and Hager became a Teammate this year.
Brooks, who was in L.A. for the first of two consecutive weekends of concerts at the Forum, visited the camp to toss the ball with the kids and offer his encouragement. "Sports is instant family," Brooks said. "These guys are all going to contribute to society in some way. We want them to make a good contribution. If they leave here today having made one more friend than they came (with), then this camp was a success."
The young athletes represented the following organizations: Challengers Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, L.A. Red Shield Youth & Community Center, and Tickets for Kids Charities. Due to the generosity of Teammates for Kids, the children 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 Los Angeles, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Kenny Gomez, age 9; Delano Franklin, age 12; and Amy Fonseca, age 13.
Teammates will continue to partner with Brooks to hold youth sports camps at every city on his World Tour. Brooks and athletes in each city will volunteer their time to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer.