As part of Garth Brooks’ world tour, Garths’ Teammates for Kids Foundation is holding “Teammates ProCamp” at each tour stop. On Saturday, 100 kids from the AG Gaston Boys and Girls Club attended Garths’ camp in Birmingham.
Michael Palmer, the Pittsburgh Steelers tight end, was the head coach of the camp.
“Watching what this guy does with the gifts God has given him to help these kids out… That makes me an automatic fan,” Brooks said about Palmer, who has been a “Teammate” for years after he and his wife, a Birmingham native, got involved with the Foundation.
“It’s very humbling… Very cool and exciting to be a part of,” Palmer said.
“It’s the proudest thing I’ve ever been involved with,” Brooks replied.
The camps are free to kids who are involved with the organizations participating, and the camps vary in sport and feature a different pro athlete each time. In over 10 years the Foundation has held ProCamps in 60 different countries.
All day, Brooks was telling the kids to make a new friend, to learn each other’s names and to make a teammate. The word, Teammate, is especially important to Brooks.
“Teammates don’t put anyone over anybody else. We’re all in this together.”
The Teammates for Kids Foundation strives to make a positive impact on underprivileged kids by providing scholarships and holding sports camps throughout the year.