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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"

Inspirational T-shirts, like the one Garth wore on "Garth & Trisha Live: A Holiday Concert Event," now available exclusively at

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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.

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PUPPYatrics at San Antonio Zone
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio has now grown by four furry feet!
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio has now grown by four furry feet! Recently, our hospital welcomed a facility dog. The pup named Marcus is the first member of the PUPPYatrics team in our hospital's Child Life Department. Marcus is a lab/golden mix, is two years old and was generously donated by: Asher and Zoe Reilly and the Reilly Family Foundation. He came to us from the organization Canine Assistants and its Children's Hospital Initiative. The dogs from this program are not like others from normal therapy dog programs. Because of their specialized teaching and calm disposition, these dogs are allowed special access to patients in almost all areas of the hospital. A facility dog serves many roles, including: • Providing emotional support and comfort to patients and their families to aid in coping with the stressors of hospitalization; • Normalizing the hospital environment; • Helping patients reach their treatment goals by providing support during procedures, encouraging movement, and promoting play; • Providing support for pain management; • Providing support to staff to aid in reducing caregiver fatigue and increasing morale; and • Offering a sense of unconditional love and acceptance "After months of preparation and training, we are thrilled to have Marcus here at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio," said Allison Sharawi, Facility Dog Coordinator. "Our newest associate is a win-win for our patients and associates. Marcus will make hospitalizations easier for the children and their families, while boosting the spirits of our amazing teams during these challenging times." Marcus is already making a huge impression at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio. During his first few days, he met associates and patients, explored the hospital, and received a Blessing of the Paws from our Spiritual Care team. Learn more about our new PUPPYatrics Program and follow the adventures of Marcus on Instagram at
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.
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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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