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Garth Brooks holds sports camp at concert stop

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – As part of his world tour, Garth Brooks is hosting a sports camp at every stop. On Saturday, kids learned from the men's basketball players at the University of Kentucky.

Every basket made is done with the help of “Teammates!” shouted camp participants.

Teamwork is the focus of Brooks' organization.

“It's all about the kids, he said.”

After 16 years, the country music superstar is back in Kentucky for his world tour. But he's not just performing. He's holding Teammates ProCamps for underprivileged children.

“The greatest thing I've ever done in my life isn't music, it's Teammates for Kids,” Brooks said.

The kids had a chance to meet UK head coach John Calipari and play with UK players in their practice gym.

“When I was four, I always told my mom I wanna play for UK. And it's like a dream come true,” Arianna Lane said.

Lane received the Teammate Award from Brooks and at only 10-years-old, understands that teammates can be like family.

“You always have teammates that can help you and back you up,” Lane said.

Brooks said he loves teaching kids through basketball because sports are what taught him an important life lesson.

“And what I love about it, it kept me in school long enough to realize, oh my God, school's a lot more important than sports.”

Not only did the kids learn basketball skills like how to dribble, shoot and do lay-ups, but also life lessons.

“To never give up and try your hardest every time you play,” Jakob Thompson said.

“Working with a team kind of inspires you to win or even if you don't win, want to keep playing,” Lane said.

Brooks said he gets his inspiration to do two concerts a night from these kids.

“Music's the easiest thing I've ever done in my life. But coming here, it kind of gives you fuel to go do the other things ... watching these kids and wanting to be like them because you can't wear them out, and that's who I need to be.”

About 100 kids took part in the camp.

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