Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett is more than just the man who convinced Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan, but also a great humanitarian. In a report by Nick Baumgardner of MLive, Hackett and his wife, Kathy, donated half of his salary, $600,000 a year, to the “Athletes Connected” program, part of Michigan’s depression center.
“I’m happy. Kathy and I gave back half our salary this year to the university,” Hackett said Wednesday night. “We gave it to the depression center, there’s a ‘Athletes Connected’ program.
“Kathy thought this was a really special thing for athletes. She was moved by that. It was her idea, and I thought ‘let’s do that.’ “
This is just an amazing gesture on Hackett’s part. Athletes Connected is a program designed to focus on student-athletes’ mental health and words can’t describe how important that is. For many of these young players, it is their first time being away from their families for an extended period of time and the adjustment can be tough for some.
That said, though Hackett only has the job on an interim basis and could easily just phone it in until his successor is found, the fact that he is staying engaged and taking his job this seriously is quite the breath of fresh air.
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