Garth Brooks Sponsors Local Hockey Camp for Boys and Girls Club

Brad Choat (@choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Country music superstar Garth Brooks traded his cowboy hat for a pair of ice skates Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.

Brooks teamed up with the St. Louis Blues to sponsor a hockey camp for Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club children. To see a photo gallery, click here.

“This is what happens when you just love, and put the babies first. It’s great to see their smiling faces out there,” Brooks told KMOX.

Brooks is a part of the Teammates For Kids program, and he holds a charity sports event in each city where he performs.

“A player will donate $100 per home run, for instance, and then we go out and find a sponsor to triple that. I think the greatest rule, probably why we have 4,000 athletes on our team, is 100 percent goes to the kids,” Brooks said.

Blues defenseman Barret Jackman took part in Sunday’s event.

“Just to be out here with these kids and have them playing, cheering, and smiling, that’s what it’s all about,” Jackman said. “The Blues alumni in St. Louis are a huge part of this community and make things like this possible.”

Sunday night was the final night of Brooks’ unprecedented four-night show schedule at Scottrade Center – all sellouts.

He promised a fantastic finale.

“They’ll get everything we got, and we’ll expect to get everything they’ve got,” Brooks said. “I don’t know how the crowds are walking out of here. They are working harder than we are. It’s fantastic, and there’s a ton of (fans). This is a big barn to play in, but they feel like they are right on top of you. I like that.”

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