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Making the Game Count for Kids!
Empowering Kids to be Kids with Child Life Zones, Teammates Sports Camps, Stay in the Game and the Home Plate Project.
Empowering Kids to be Kids with Child Life Zones, Teammates Sports Camps, Stay in the Game and the Home Plate Project.
“This is the most important thing I've ever done!”
- Garth Brooks

Teammates for Kids began in 1999 with the love and support of 67 Major League Baseball players who made a pledge to help kids.

Since then, over 4,700 professional athletes from baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, rodeo and racing have joined our team.
"Once a Teammate ... Always a Teammate"

100% of All Money Donated Goes to the Kids
Quite simply, Teammates for Kids exists to do everything we can to help kids. It’s that simple and that important! We accomplish our goals by partnering professional athletes, corporations, celebrities and now, for the first time, individuals from the private sector.

Because the foundation’s overhead expenses are privately funded, 100% of all money donated goes to the kids.

That’s not the goal ... it’s the rule!
50 MLB Players Team Up to Provide over 4 Million Meals to Address Childhood Hunger Due to Covid-19 Pandemic
More than 20 million students in the United States and Canada rely on school-provided free or reduced-price meals. With schools shut down, players personally reached out to each other to collect donations as part of the Home Plate Project, a partnership between Major League Baseball, Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and Big League Impact.

Home Plate Project
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Congratulations to Teammate Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla (Teammate since 2003) was selected to Hockey’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
Jarome Iginla (Teammate since 2003) was selected to Hockey’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Others chosen are Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre and Ken Holland. Iginla spent 1,219 of his 1,554 NHL games as a member of the Flames. After breaking into the league in 1996, “Iggy” went on to score 625 goals, record 1,300 points, win two Rocket Richard Trophies, the King Clancy, the Art Ross, and the Ted Lindsay Award. The winger was a six-time All-Star. Iginla managed two 50-goal seasons, and passed the 40-goal mark on four occasions. The power forward also distinguished himself before reaching the NHL, winning two Memorial Cups with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. On the international scene, he represented Canada at various levels, winning two World Junior Championships, one World Championship, one World Cup of Hockey, and two Olympic gold medals. Iginla set up Sidney Crosby‘s “golden goal” in overtime during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Lee Brice Visits Phoenix Zone
Country Singer/Songwriter provides mini concert for the kids
The Zone at Phoenix Children's Hospital was buzzing with excitement when Lee Brice visited for the very first time. Patients and families lined up to shake hands, get autographs, and pose for photos with the popular country artist. With a sincere heart, Lee Brice took his time uplifting the spirits of each person he met. "He seemed excited to meet us," said 17-year-old patient Kiersten Pennington. The star personalized every conversation. "He told me that his son is about my age and also likes soccer!" expressed 11-year-old patient, Isaac. Before parting ways with his new friends, Lee Brice picked up The Zone's Garth Brooks' autographed guitar for an impromptu performance of the hit song "Rumor." Cheers filled The Zone as he played the last note. "I'm in a hospital and we got to have our own mini concert!" exclaimed Kiersten Pennington, "It was so cool!" CLICK HERE to watch video.
Our First Official "Teammate" elected to Hall of Fame
We would like to salute our Teammate Larry Walker, who was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (Wearing a Teammates ball cap.) Larry will be officially honored during the induction ceremony on July 26 in Cooperstown. Walker batted .313 with 383 home runs over 17 seasons with Montreal, Colorado and St. Louis. He was the National League MVP in 1997 when he hit .366 with league-leading totals in home runs (49), total bases (409, the 18th -highest single-season total in history), on-base percentage (.452) and slugging percentage (.720) for the Rockies. The three-time batting champion won seven Gold Glove Awards for fielding and three Silver Slugger Awards as an outfielder. Walker was a five-time All-Star who ranks 12th in career slugging percentage (.565) and 15th in career on-base percentage plus slugging (.965). He batted .357 with a 1.366 OPS in his only World Series appearance, in 2004 with the Cardinals. Larry was the first official "Teammate" to sign on when the foundation began in 1999, and he has served on the Board of Directors since 2002. "I had no idea when I first joined Teammates for Kids that it would be as amazing as it is!" said Walker. "The number of lives that it has touched is out of this world! It has been a true honor to not only be on the board, but to be the first athlete to be part of this incredible group!" "Walker is all about the kids. He has served this foundation since day one, he has been a dear friend to me ever since and will continue to be the rest of my life. I love Larry Walker," said Co-Founder of Teammates for Kids Garth Brooks.
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Child Life Zones
A Child Life Zone is a state-of-the-art, therapeutic play area inside a hospital where pediatric patients and their families can play, learn, laugh, and relax. Child life specialists teach patients about their illness, what to expect during treatment, and they provide support to patients and their families before, during, and after procedures.

Playing in a ZONE turns patients into KIDS!

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