Garth Brooks is officially a Pittsburgh Pirate…for a week at least. The country superstar recently signed a contract to join the team for a week during spring training. The reason? To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his charity Teammates For Kids.
According to the charity’s website, Teammates works as follows:
Professional athletes generously donate based on performance levels in their sport. A great pitcher, for example, might pledge a donation for every strikeout, a quarterback for completions, a hockey goalie for saves, a basketball player for free throws, etc. Then, the Foundation’s Board, made up of Hall of Fame athletes, corporation owners, corporate officers, and entertainers, triples the amount donated by each athlete. Because the Foundation’s overhead expenses are privately funded, 100% of all money donated goes to the kids. And now…we’re asking FANS to join the team. Pledge money alongside your favorite athlete or sports team and we’ll match it for even MORE money. 100% of YOUR donation goes to the kids! That’s not a goal…it’s the rule!
This isn’t the first time Brooks has signed with a Major League Baseball team. He’s previously worked with both the San Diego Padres and New York Mets.
The Pirates will have their first spring training exhibition game beginning Feb. 23, two days after Brooks’ contract expires.
For more information about Teammates For Kids, visit teammatesforkids.com.