The most recent youth sports camp in a series that will continue throughout Garth Brooks’ World Tour took place in Lexington, Kentucky, last weekend. Thanks to the combined efforts of Teammates for Kids, ProCamps, and Brooks, about 100 young athletes were able to attend a day-long basketball camp at the University of Kentucky. The kids jumped at the chance to spend the day working on their dribbling, shooting, and layups, all under the direction of UK men’s basketball staff.
Before his concert that night, Brooks stopped by the camp to witness the athletes’ joy and perseverance for himself. “Music's the easiest thing I've ever done in my life,” said Brooks. “But coming here, it kind of gives you fuel to go do the other things ... watching these kids and wanting to be like them because you can't wear them out, and that's who I need to be.”
Arianna Lane, age 10, received the Good Teammate Award at the camp. Teammates provides the award to recognize the young athlete who best exhibits the traits of a Total Teammate: leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants. Lane knows what having teammates is all about. “You always have teammates that can help you and back you up,” she said.
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.