It’s never an easy time to be a kid stuck in the hospital, but because of COVID, it’s more isolating than ever. While there are some “normal” activities children in the hospital can still do, there aren’t a whole lot of resources dedicated to entertainment. On November 9, the night before the release of the Xbox Series X, good old The Rock (The good old Rock?) made an announcement that made it feel like Christmas Eve for kids in hospitals around the country. In a collaborative effort between The Rock and Microsoft, special edition Xbox Series Xs will be gifted to 20 hospitals.
This isn’t the first time The Rock has teamed up with Microsoft. In fact, during the initial release of the Xbox in 2001, The Rock appeared in an unintentionally hilarious commercial with Bill Gates to announce the new gaming system. Wearing itty bitty sunglasses and a suit that makes it look like he just stepped away from his job as a bouncer at a very questionable night club, The Rock (or just “Rock” as Bill Gates repeatedly calls him) shows off his teleprompter-reading skills and helps usher in a new era of gaming.
Now, The Rock has become a staple in pop culture and taken a much deeper dive into the world of acting. He’s experienced a huge amount of success, and that success has only given him more resources to show the world what an enormous sweetheart he really is. The Rock took to Twitter yesterday to share his latest Xbox news, but this time, with normal-sized sunglasses.
The caption explains, “20 yrs ago, @BillGates & I debuted the 1st @Xbox to the world! Now @Microsoft & I have are surprising some brave & awesome kids. With @GamersOutreach we are gifting 20 children’s hospitals one of a kind “ROCK XBOX Series X” consoles for 50,000+ kids!!
20 yrs ago, @BillGates & I debuted the 1st @Xbox to the world!
Now @Microsoft & I have are surprising some brave & awesome kids. With @GamersOutreach we are gifting 20 children’s hospitals one of a kind “ROCK XBOX Series X” consoles for 50,000+ kids!!
-DJ 🤙🏾🖤 pic.twitter.com/snXVXJF3MZ
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 9, 2020
In the video, The Rock reminisces about that unforgettable Xbox launch in 2001, expressing gratitude for how closely he’s been able to work with the company over the years. The Rock and Microsoft have brought Xbox systems to kids who need some form of escape over the years, often kids who were sick and didn’t have the resources to get the gaming system themselves. Now, The Rock is doing it again – but this time, bigger.
Over the next year, special edition Xbox Series X systems featuring Johnson’s Brahma Bull logo will be donated to kids in 20 hospitals across the country, with the help of an organization called Gamer’s Outreach. The Xbox systems are also engraved with a very special message from the big-hearted star that reads, “Keep smiling and have fun. Love, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.”
It’s the mission of Gamer’s Outreach to provide games and software to help kids cope with the stressors of staying in the hospital, and with their help, portable gaming stations called GO Karts will be available so kids who aren’t able to leave their rooms can still play. Thanks to Microsoft, The Rock, and Gamer’s Outreach, over 50,000 hospitalized kids will be able to play the Xbox Series X.
To the kids who will receive the gaming systems, The Rock says, “I send you love, I send you strength, I send you mana, stay strong.”