This years 17th annual University of Michigan Mock Rock event will take place on Tuesday February 23rd. Mock Rock is a variety show featuring the University’s student-athletes showcasing their other talents in order to raise money for charity.
The annual show was created in 1999 as a tribute to Michigan wrestler Jeff Reese who passed away while training for a competition. Inspired by its meaningful history, Mock Rock has become a yearly event in which student-athletes work off the field to fundraise for a beneficiary within the Ann Arbor community.
This year, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is please to announce that all money raised for the 2016 Mock Rock show will be donated to the Athletes Connected initiative to support student-athlete mental health, in memory of Garrick Roemer.
“The 2016 Mock Rock show will help to raise awareness for mental health issues among college students by encouraging help-seeking and providing information on available support resources,” explained event coordinator and member of the women’s lacrosse team, Lauren Pryor.
Garrick Roemer, a University of Michigan track athlete, died by suicide in May of 2014. Garrick was only 19. As a member of the men’s track and field team, Garrick competed in the 400m hurdles and as the second leg of the 4x400m relay. Garrick was loved by all of his teammates. His goofy and spontaneous personality impacted all of those around him.
“He was so kind to everyone, it reflects a lot about the type of person he was. I try to take that lesson from him… He was so kind, sincere and genuine about everything,” said Emily Wee, a close friend of Garrick’s and member of the women’s track and field team.
“The Mock Rock show is an incredible platform for student-athletes to reach out and give back to the University and community that provides us with so much. This year, I am grateful that we have the opportunity to be working with the University’s Depression Center, as well as the Athletes Connected team to help us continue the conversation about mental health,” explained Pryor.
This year’s beneficiary, Athletes Connected, works in collaboration with the School of Public Health, Depression Center and Athletic Department. The initiative serves as an outreach and education program for student-athletes.
“The goal of the program is to encourage open and honest conversations about mental health issues, in order to change the culture of stigma while improving the well-being of student-athletes at the University of Michigan, and beyond,” explained Pryor.
This year’s Mock Rock show will be hosted at the University of Michigan’s Power Center on Tuesday February 23rd at 7:30pm.