It’s not just concertgoers who have been thrilled by Garth Brooks this weekend — a number of underprivileged children got the opportunity to hang out with Brooks and some NHL stars on Saturday afternoon.
He has held an event called the TeamMates ProCamp — something he is doing on each stop of his world tour where he gets local athletes to participate.
Saturday’s event was a ball hockey camp at the Notre Dame Recreation Centre featuring Quinton Howden of the Florida Panthers — who is from Oakbank — and Winnipeg Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson.
Brooks says he takes great pride in holding these events:
“I’m the guy who walks out of here taking the most out of here because you watch these kids and it rejuvenates you. These guys are teaching them the five words of wisdom, which is all about the game of life, and that’s what I love.”
Sixty boys and girls aged 9-13 took part, from a number of agencies like the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg.
Tonight’s first show starts at 7. And a reminder if you’re driving to that first show, it’s suggested you park west of the building, to leave parking lots open to the east for people going to the late show.