Points of Light, a global nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, has named Garth Brooks as the recipient of The Inaugural George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion – created 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." Garth will be recognized at The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala on Thursday, Sept. 26th at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
Neil Bush, chairman of Points of Light, said, “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. 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.”
Garth said, “The fact that this award is a reflection of 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in is the greatest honor. 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.”
In addition to co-founding Teammates for Kids Foundation, which converts sports statistics into dollars for children’s charities, focusing on children’s health, education and inner-city outreach, Garth and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, have been Habitat For Humanity volunteers for more than a decade.