Garth Brooks Named Recipient of Inaugural “George H.W. Bush Award” for Philanthropy: “This Is an Honor”

Garth Brooks Named Recipient of Inaugural “George H.W. Bush Award” for Philanthropy: “This Is an Honor”

Garth Brooks will soon add another award to his crowded trophy case, the inaugural George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion.

Points of Light, a global nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, created the award to honor outstanding individuals who advance solutions to the world’s toughest challenges and exemplify the extraordinary traits of its late founder and the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.

“What I love about it [is] it’s about loving one another,” says Garth. “That’s what I like. This is an honor. Very sweet.”

Garth will be recognized at The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala on Sept. 26 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Former Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the Awards Gala.

“‘41’ and his beautiful wife, Barbara . . . they were always so sweet to Miss Yearwood and myself,” says Garth. “They were sweet to [first wife] Sandy and myself. Just always kind of been in our corner. So, so sweet.”

Since Garth co-founded Teammates For Kids with Bo Mitchell in 1999, more than 4,700 professional athletes from baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, rodeo and racing have helped raised more than $100 million to aid children in over 60 countries around the globe. In addition, Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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