|Titans QB Jake Locker speaks with Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks during the final day of Locker's second Football ProCamp. Click here for a slideshow.|
Locker interacted with more than 300 young people, ages 7-14, during the two-day camp at Battle Ground Academy. Locker was joined by his wife and daughter for much of the action Friday, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks and Indiana Hoosiers baseball coach and National Coach of the Year Tracy Smith.
The Teammates for Kids Foundation, which was co-founded by Brooks in 1999, is a partner of ProCamps. Brooks addressed the campers briefly after races determined the fastest campers and conveyed that the young people should develop a love and appreciation for other people and show it.
Brooks handed off the microphone to Locker, who resisted the temptation to croon Brooks’ mega-hit “Friends in Low Places,” which Locker said is his favorite karaoke song. Locker spoke to campers about the importance of teamwork and supporting other campers as some of the teams prepared for the championship round of games that Locker, Brooks and Smith (who opted to go shoeless Friday) guest quarterbacked.
Locker said during his media session that the camp stressed “having fun with the game, enjoying it and teamwork. In other words, I think the qualities in the game that everyone enjoys while watching the game and playing the game.”
Locker said he frequently attended camps when he was growing up in Ferndale, Wash.
“I went to a lot of them, mostly put on by high school coaches and kids,” Locker said. “I went to all the camps every summer, and it was something that I really enjoyed as a kid. I remember going to watch those guys play on Friday nights and remember being able to interact with them, and that was so cool for me.”
He said he enjoyed returning to the camp atmosphere by hosting one for the second year in a row because of the interaction with the young campers.
“I think that’s what makes it fun. I get to be 5, 7, 9 (again),” Locker said. “I get to be that age again when I’m here because I get to play amongst them and with them and it’s enjoyable.”