Teammates for Kids

W.O. Smith students Kristyn Burke, Christian Balderas, Dana Gipson, Pearl Lomax and Kahlil Poore (The Band from Nowhere) recently performed a reception for the “Teammates for Kids Foundation” founded by Garth Brooks and Troy Aikman.  The band, coached by Billy Livsey, performed songs including Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Pride and Joy” and ‘September” by Earth, Wind and Fire.  The band was also joined by Dave Welsh, guitarist of The Fray for a special performance of “Over My Head (Cable Car)”.  Welsh who lives in Nashville helped to coach the students for the performance.

The reception was held at Mr. Brooks’ farm in Goodlettesville, emceed by ESPN’s Steve Levy and Barry Melrose, and was attended by more than 200 professional athletes from around the country.  Following the reception, Mr. Brooks had a private ‘band meeting’ with Kristyn, Christian, Dana, Pearl and Kahlil, personal time with him that we are sure none of them will forget.

Teammates for Kids began in 1999 with the love and support of 67 Major League Baseball players who made a pledge to help kids. Since then, over 3,000 professional athletes from baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, rodeo and racing have joined the team. The roster includes Hall of Fame members, as well as World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, MLS Cup, and NBA Finals champions. More information is available at:

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