Cook gives back at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital during break – Palm Beach Post
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook knows what it’s like to grow up among the less fortunate. And when he met some of the patients at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Miami on Tuesday, it made a lasting impression.
“Some of the kids, that’s their life, they don’t know anything outside the hospital,” Cook said. “Seeing kids that can barely talk, barely move, in bed all day. The experience opened my eyes.”
Cook wanted to do something in the community while home for the three-day break between the end of practices in Tallahassee and the team traveling to Atlanta to continue preparations for Thursday’s Peach Bowl. He decided to round up gifts, including footballs and basketballs, and hand out balloons to the children at the hospital that received a $60 million pledge from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, founded by Palm Beach County residents Jack and Barbara Nicklaus.
“It was real good to see the kids and give back, especially in my home town in Miami,” Cook said. “There was nothing like it.
“Where we’re from, the inner city, we didn’t grow up having (much). Going back and giving back that’s something that puts smiles on their faces and smiles on their parents’ faces is big where we’re from.”
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Cook is a “shy” person who is starting to realize the impact he can have on people. Cook, a sophomore, finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting after setting a Florida State single-season rushing record. He was voted to several first and second All-America teams.
“I think he’s realizing the impact he can have on a lot of youth and a lot of young people,” Fisher said. “He’s starting to grasp that and embrace that.”
Cook, the former Miami-Central High standout, was told by the doctors and nurses that the children were anticipating his arrival.
“I enjoy kids and I just like being around them,” Cook said. “I know what it’s like somebody being your idol and always wanting to meet them. That can make somebody’s day. That’s all I wanted to do is make a kid’s day.”
Seminoles back on the field: Fisher was pleased with the crispness of the team’s first practice Saturday following the break.
“You always wonder how they come off a layoff,” he said. “I was very pleased. We got a lot of work done. Kids went out and were very sharp, looked in good condition. Guys did some things when they were home.”
The Seminoles practiced at Georgia Tech’s facilities, not far from the stadium in which FSU suffered its first loss this season, one that snapped a 28-game ACC winning streak.
“Everybody knows the field goal, he picked it up and ran it back,” Cook said about the game-winning score, a return of Roberto Aguayo’s 56-yard field goal attempt on the game’s final play that was blocked. “I never seen nothing like that in my life. It was kind of a learning experience.”
Hall of Fame visit: Both teams toured the College Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Fisher was looking forward to the visit as much as anybody.
“You may lose me,” he said. “I love looking at that. I appreciate the history, the coaches, the players, all the things that went on before us. I love that stuff.”