He has yet to coach a game in East Lansing, but Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is doing his part to acclimate himself to the Lansing area community.
His latest move was to provide an assist to those working the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, Tucker and his family bought dinner from Arcadia Smokehouse in Lansing for the night shift caregivers at Sparrow Hospital.
“I just wanted to send a little thank-you dinner out tonight to all the night-shift nurses and doctors at Sparrow, from Arcadia Smokehouse,” Tucker said in a video released by Sparrow. “I deeply appreciate all that you are doing to help our community. Thank you again so much, be safe and Go Green.”
“We are very appreciative of coach Tucker and his family thinking of our incredible caregivers at this very busy time,” Sparrow spokesman John Foren said in a press release. “Sparrow has been touched by the outpouring of community support during the coronavirus pandemic.”
In mid-March, Tucker, men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant and Athletic Director Bill Beekman teamed up with their University of Michigan counterparts for a public service announcement about preventing the spread of COVID-19.