Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008
GLENDALE, Ariz. --- The Phoenix Coyotes players and coaches have teamed up with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation in an effort to raise community funds that benefit children’s health, education and inner-city organizations around the world.
Players and coaches participate individually in the program by pledging dollars based on in-game achievements such as total number of goals, assists and shots made, as well criteria including total number of team wins.
“Garth’s foundation has accomplished so much for children in need over the years,” said Coyotes’ Captain Shane Doan
. “Our team is just excited to be able to participate and do our part to help the cause.”
This season, the Coyotes are one of only three professional sports teams that have 100 percent participation by the entire team.
“When I heard the news, I was blown away,” said Garth Brooks, co-founder of Teammates for Kids. “Now, every second on the ice is going to change the future of children around the world, thus changing the future of the world. The Coyotes represent the reason this charity was created.”
Since the foundation’s inception in 1999, over 2,000 professional athletes have participated in the program to raise more than $68 million in cash, in-kind gifts and scholarships.
Fans looking to participate in the Teammates for Kids initiative can do so by committing dollars based on their favorite player’s performance. For details or to enroll in the program, visit www.phxcoyotesboosterclub.com/teammates_for_kids.htm
The Teammates for Kids Foundation is a non-profit, partnership organization comprised of professional athletes, celebrities, organizations and fans that exists to develop and implement innovative concepts that generate funds for the benefit of children’s charities.
“One hundred percent of the money goes to the kids,” added Brooks. “That’s not a goal, it’s the rule!”