Garth Brooks is a lot more than just the top-selling country artist of all-time – he also takes his charity work seriously. That’s why the “Dive Bar” singer is being recognized with the inaugural George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion.
Brooks co-founded the Teammates for Kids Foundation, which receives help from professional athletes to fund children’s health, education and youth athletic programs. The 57-year-old also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
"Garth is one of our generation's true singer and songwriter legends – but what many people aren't aware of is Garth's commitment and passion for creating viable change in communities across America," said Neil Bush, chairman of Points of Light. "My father always admired the way Garth used his visibility to support and lift up those in need. And much like my father, Garth is a true humanitarian whose generosity comes from his empathetic compassion for others.”
Points of Light says its award was created to honor outstanding individuals who advance solutions to the world’s toughest challenges and exemplify the extraordinary traits of its late founder and 41st president of the United States.
"The fact that this award is a reflection of 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in is the greatest honor," said Garth Brooks. "An award is only as good as its recipient – my hope and goal is to make the Bush family and the honorary chairs proud that Garth Brooks is the first name on this award for caring and compassion."
Brooks will be officially honored at a gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York on September 26. Presidents George W. Bush. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will serve as honorary chairs.