Mock Rock, inspired by its meaningful history, seeks to invest in a community that relentlessly supports Michigan Athletics, while showcasing student-athlete talents.
The Mock Rock team has already been hard at work, brainstorming innovative ideas, creating new community partnerships, and preparing to put on a great Mock Rock show.
Mock Rock was originally created in 1999 as a tribute to Michigan wrestler Jeff Reese, who passed away while training for a meet. The proceeds from the event went to fund the Jeff Reese Endowed Scholarship. Over time, student-athletes began to use this event to fundraise for a beneficiary in the community.
All money raised for the 2017 Mock Rock show will be donated to Fresh Start Clubhouse. Fresh Start Clubhouse is an organization for adults with mental illness that strives to create a place of acceptance and empowerment. Through meaningful work and relationships at Fresh Start, members equip themselves with the skills to succeed in the greater community.
"After working to raise awareness about mental health for the 2016 beneficiary, Athletes Connected, we decided to maintain the focus and extend our support into the greater community. This led us to Fresh Start Clubhouse, where we have learned they are using similar strategies to live with mental illness. In the same way that we as student-athletes rely on each other and our teams for support, the community at Fresh Start is like a team. To get better and stay better, we all need people to support and believe in us; we are excited to become a part of those people with Fresh Start through Mock Rock this year."
-- Claire Borchers, Women's Cross Country / Track & Field
2017 Mock Rock Information
Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. inside the Power Center for the Performing Arts
• $10 general admission tickets
• $5 U-M students
• Children 7 and under are free
Groups Scheduled to Perform
Women's Cross Country / Track and Field
Michigan Marching Band
Fresh Start Clubhouse
Athletic Training Students
2017 Mock Rock Judges
The panel of judges for Mock Rock 2017 will include football head coach Jim Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah Harbaugh, as well as Summer Berman, the director of Mock Rock's beneficiary, Fresh Start Clubhouse.
2017 Mock Rock Hosts
The 2017 Mock Rock co-hosts are Emily Klueh, who is a clinical athletic counselor as well as program coordinator for Athletes Connected, and Drake Johnson, Michigan football and track and field student-athlete.
Through a partnership with the University of Michigan Ginsberg Center, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee determined a local community beneficiary that aligned with the students' passions and interests. The Ginsberg Center provides community engagement support and community connections for student organizations, faculty and staff.