Sparrow delivers special trophy to MSU Coach Tom Izzo

MSU Coach Tom Izzo Award Group Photo

Published: June 22, 2021

LANSING, MI -- Sparrow clinical leaders bestowed a special trophy on Michigan State University Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Izzo today to thank him for his motivational support during the depths of the pandemic.

The leaders delivered a mock NCAA championship trophy, created by the daughter of a Sparrow caregiver, for the 2020 tournament that MSU surely would have won had the tourney not been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

The Sparrow group also thanked Coach Izzo for taking time to give pep talks to caregivers during the depths of the pandemic, bolstering their spirits during a difficult period that no one anticipated.

Izzo happily accepted the trophy, calling Sparrow caregivers “the real heroes” and lauding their ability to be creative in delivering care to the community under the most unforeseen circumstances possible.


Sparrow Health System is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visit