“This is such an important cause that Michigan athletics and Michigan football has been a part of for over 20 years,” said Hoke. “The energy that these guys bring, how they feel about Mott and how they feel about those kids is so special. I don’t know of any other school where you can quite get that feeling. It’s great to be a part of it. It’s great to be here, and around the kids at the hospital, and all these great donors that have given so much to Mott.”

Looking back on his experience as a Michigan assistant coach in the 1990s, Hoke saw the birth of movement to help the children at Mott and continues to be impressed by the impact that the commitment has on both the players and the kids.

“I think it has continued to evolve over time,” he explained. “But I’ve always felt that it was a great win-win situation. The kids at Mott have an unbelievable experience with some guys that they get to see on the field and I think the experience for our players, it helps them really understand how fortunate they are to be able to do what they can do from that perspective. It makes you ask who are the tough people in this world – it’s those kids every day.”

While much of the work to help out the Mott Children’s Hospital charity began with former head coach Lloyd Carr, Hoke remains committed to the ideals of those who have preceded him, making note of two current players that have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“I think we keep trying to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help Mott and help those kids,” he stated. “I think every group learns. Every group has given more all the time. They’ve brought other guys in throughout the years. That’s one thing that guys like Taylor Lewan and Patrick Omameh for us – they’re two of the guys that are really at the hospital a lot and doing things.”

Turning to the football side of things, Hoke discussed the progress of the team going forward.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in this summer and with leadership and all the things that go along with it,” he noted. “How our seniors lead and the things they do will be an important part of it.”

If you are interested in helping the cause, you can donate here.

 

 
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