Country music star Garth Brooks became teary-eyed Tuesday, as he was overcome with emotions while dedicating a new child play zone at an Indianapolis children’s hospital. Brooks praised the colorful, game-filled space as a “miracle” that allows ailing youngsters to forget their illnesses and just have fun.
He was serenaded by staff members singing a custom version of “Friends in Low Places” and showered with homemade confetti from the top of the hospital’s entrance. What a beautiful event!
Brooks arrived at Riley Hospital for Children in a race car driven by IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball, then waded into a crowd that filled the hospital’s atrium. Dressed in jeans and sporting a black cowboy hat, he greeted a long line of young patients, their families and hospital staffers, some of whom cheered once they saw Brooks approaching.
After a ribbon-cutting for the hospital’s Child Life Zone, the 53-year-old singer entered the 4,200-square-foot (390-square-meter) space, which was funded through the Teammates for Kids foundation, which Brooks co-founded in 1999. The space, which includes billiards, foosball, a video game wall, an arts and crafts area and even a recording studio, is the nation’s 11th and largest hospital Child Life Zone.
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