Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids sponsored a youth football camp last Sunday in Lubbock, where Brooks performed five shows on his current World Tour. Seventy-five young athletes, ages 9-13, had the opportunity to participate in various football drills and scrimmages, all under the watchful eye and direction of Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury and his coaching staff. The event was held at Jones AT&T Stadium on the Texas Tech campus.

Brooks himself made a surprise appearance at the camp, tossing the pigskin with the kids and encouraging them to do their best.

Brooks explained the purpose of the camp. “They’re going to talk about skills, they’re going to talk about the sport of football, but the truth is the underlying thing here are the words of wisdom: courage, discipline, respect — things they’re going to need to play the game of life,” he said.

Kingsbury added, “When you sit them down and ask them what ‘respect’ means and ‘courage,’ their answers … it’s a beautiful thing. We are honored to take part (in) it.”

Children at the camp represented Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock-Plainview, Lubbock Independent Schools, Upbring – Lubbock, and
Tickets for Kids Charities. All of the kids attended the camp free of charge.

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 Lubbock, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Marcus McLeod, age 9; Deangelo Luera, age 12; and Maria Gonzales, age 13.

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.

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