Teammates Co-Founder Garth Brooks hosted the first Teammates ProCamp with his good friend and Teammate Bill Self, men's basketball coach at Kansas University. The event was held last week at Elk Grove High School outside Chicago, where Brooks rolled out the first concerts of his new world tour. This first camp brought together 150 kids from local Boys and Girls Clubs, the Salvation Army, and Oasis Trailer Park, and all of them were eager to improve their basketball skills. The young athletes attended the camp for free and were treated to lunch and a souvenir t-shirt, not to mention memories to last a lifetime.
This summer, Teammates began a new tradition of presenting a Good Teammate Award at every ProCamp where they provided scholarships for the kids. The award recognizes a young athlete who exhibits the traits of a TOTAL TEAMMATE: leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants. In Chicago, two Good Teammate Awards were presented, one to 9-year-old Sam Redding and one to 11-year-old Lili Duckmann.
Chicago was just the beginning of these camps. Teammates will 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 either football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer. The next Teammates ProCamp will be a football camp in Atlanta, with Falcons wide receiver Roddy White sharing his talents with the kids.