Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids continued their series of youth sports camps during Brooks' concert run in Albany, New York, last weekend. Eighty young athletes, ages 9-13, gathered on Saturday at the University at Albany Bubble to work on their football skills with UAlbany Head Football Coach Greg Gattuso and members of the UAlbany football team.
The kids, who attended the camp for free, represented the Albany Police Athletic League, Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club, Troy Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany, Albany City Schools, and Tickets for Kids Charities.
“We love what we do, and we love coaching kids," Gattuso said. "But most of all, we love giving back to those young people, and to be a part of this is special for us."
“Of all the things I've done, I don't think I've ever got to be a part of anything as important as this,” Brooks added, between running drills with the kids and talking to them about being good teammates. “It's all about trying to give kids an equal start . . . If these kids walk out of here today just thinking about loving one another, or if they know a friend that they didn’t know when they got here today, today was a success."
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 Albany, Good Teammate Awards were presented to: Isaiah Aderranya, age 12; Brayson Cornick, age 10; and Tylon Surqik, age 9.
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.