As Garth Brooks' World Tour sweeps across the country, a string of youth sports camps thrills young athletes. The latest sports camp offered by Teammates for Kids and Procamps was a hockey camp that took place last weekend at St. Louis Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis, where Brooks was in the midst of an 11-show run at the Target Center. Stanley Cup winner Shjon Podein, the first Teammate representing the NHL, was on hand to coach and inspire kids from the DinoMights youth hockey development program. DinoMights is a program aimed at encouraging more inner city involvement and diversity in the game. It aims to develop physical, academic, social and spiritual excellence in the lives of its members, most of whom hail from the Phillips, Powderhorn and Central Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Brooks also stopped by the rink to offer words of encouragement to the players and coaches. Nodding to the kids on the ice, he said, “It’s all about teaching them love. They’re never alone. They always have a teammate, whether it’s God, friends, family, coaches or their teammates. Shjon Podein is a walking example of that, we are lucky to call him a teammate.”
Podein said, “I feel very blessed to be a part of it. This is what they’re doing all over the country right now.”
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.