Before his two Saturday concerts in Fresno last weekend, Garth Brooks partnered with Teammates For Kids to host a free youth football camp for 100 kids from Clovis Unified and the Zimmerman Boys and Girls Club. The young athletes converged on the campus of Clovis High School for a day filled with football drills and scrimmages and encouraging words from Brooks himself.
Joining the coaching staff was former NFL tight end and Fresno native Stephen Spach, who in the course of his career played for the Eagles, Patriots, Cardinals, Rams, and Jaguars. Spach has been a Teammate since 2009 and was especially happy to host the camp because he is a proud graduate of Clovis High School, where the camp was held. This is the first time that a youth sports camp during Brooks' tour was held at the alma mater of the co-hosting Teammate.
"It's humbling to be out here with somebody like Garth Brooks who has done so much in life," Spach said. "But he's also done a lot for every community that he comes and touches."
“The one thing I hope they take from here is love.” said Brooks, who cheered the kids on and also spoke to them about the importance of team-building and seeing past anything that might divide them.
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 Fresno, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Zander Gibson, age 12;Grace Balder, age 11; and Josh Luke, 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.