Cook gives back at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital during break – Palm Beach Post
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook knows what itâ€™s like to grow up among the less fortunate. And when he met some of the patients at the Nicklaus Childrenâ€™s Hospital in his hometown of Miami on Tuesday, it made a lasting impression.
â€œSome of the kids, thatâ€™s their life, they donâ€™t know anything outside the hospital,â€ Cook said. â€œSeeing kids that can barely talk, barely move, in bed all day. The experience opened my eyes.â€
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 Thursdayâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s Health Care Foundation, founded by Palm Beach County residents Jack and Barbara Nicklaus.
â€œIt was real good to see the kids and give back, especially in my home town in Miami,â€ Cook said. â€œThere was nothing like it.
â€œWhere weâ€™re from, the inner city, we didnâ€™t grow up having (much). Going back and giving back thatâ€™s something that puts smiles on their faces and smiles on their parentsâ€™ faces is big where weâ€™re from.â€
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Cook is a â€œshyâ€ 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.
â€œI think heâ€™s realizing the impact he can have on a lot of youth and a lot of young people,â€ Fisher said. â€œHeâ€™s starting to grasp that and embrace that.â€
Cook, the former Miami-Central High standout, was told by the doctors and nurses that the children were anticipating his arrival.
â€œI enjoy kids and I just like being around them,â€ Cook said. â€œI know what itâ€™s like somebody being your idol and always wanting to meet them. That can make somebodyâ€™s day. Thatâ€™s all I wanted to do is make a kidâ€™s day.â€
Seminoles back on the field: Fisher was pleased with the crispness of the teamâ€™s first practice Saturday following the break.
â€œYou always wonder how they come off a layoff,â€ he said. â€œI 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.â€
The Seminoles practiced at Georgia Techâ€™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.
â€œEverybody knows the field goal, he picked it up and ran it back,â€ Cook said about the game-winning score, a return of Roberto Aguayoâ€™s 56-yard field goal attempt on the gameâ€™s final play that was blocked. â€œI never seen nothing like that in my life. It was kind of a learning experience.â€
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.
â€œYou may lose me,â€ he said. â€œI love looking at that. I appreciate the history, the coaches, the players, all the things that went on before us. I love that stuff.â€