On a recent trip to Denver, the superstar visited a Children’s Hospital and shared his love of sports with local kids.
Garth Brooks, the recently un-retired country megastar, has been doing some good deeds of late. In anticipation of a nine-show run at Denver’s Pepsi Center, Brooks donated his time to the local Children’s Hospital as well as his Teammates For Kids Foundation. Founded in 1999 along with Bo Mitchell, Teammates partners with athletes and celebrities to teach children about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. Since its inception, they’ve helped raise over $80 million to help children in over 60 countries worldwide.
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On Wednesday, March 18, Brooks visited the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, reports the Denver Post. There, he celebrated the grand opening of the Child Life Zone, a new “sanctuary” for children and their families that includes arts and crafts, games and a library. According to the Denver Health website, the new program wouldn’t exist without the substantial help it got from the Teammates For Kids Foundation. While at the hospital, Brooks hung out with its young patients and their families, taking pictures and signing autographs.
Wednesday was also the beginning of the nine scheduled shows at the Pepsi Center, and it’s been a long time coming. Denver fans haven’t seen Brooks perform in almost 20 years, and the massive and immediate ticket sales reflect the area’s excitement at having him back. According to the Denver Post, Brooks has sold more tickets with consecutive shows at one venue in Colorado than any artist, adding another notch to his world records belt.
On Saturday, March 21, Brooks teamed up with his foundation and ProCamps, a nationwide organizer of youth sports camps, to teach 75 kids how to play floor hockey and soccer. It helped that some Denver Avalanche players were onsite to offer hockey tips. “It’s not just about being a teammate, it’s about love,” Brooks told the eager athletes, according to Fox Denver. “With these kids now this age, introduce them to love now because if you don’t you’ll have to deal with them at an older age without it,” he later said.
His message stuck: one kid in attendance, Gavin Norwood, told a reporter, “We’re learning to be friends and love each other.”