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BOSTON, Mass. -- Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko was joined by teammates Ron Brace, Chris Koepplin and Alex Silvestro for some “ZoliOke” in front of a spirited crowd of roughly 100 patients, family and medical staffers at Boston Children's Hospital on Friday afternoon.
The foursome entertained the crowd by singing along to a number of hits, with a set list that included Kate Perry’s “Firework,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and The Beach Boys “California Girls." A handful of the young patients joined the Patriots players on stage, showcasing their musical talents to the small crowd.
The sing-along session was the kick-off event to Mesko’s “ZoliOke” fundraising event, set to take place next Saturday, June 9 at Royale in Boston. The event will benefit Children’s Hospital, and a number of Patriots teammates will once again join the punter and take the mic for a night of lighthearted musical performances.
Mesko, who has spearheaded the effort, spoke about the day and expressed his appreciation for his teammates’ participation.
“It’s the start of something great, that’s what we’re hoping for,” he said. “I appreciate these guys coming along. A lot of my teammates have agreed without a question that day (June 9) they will attend. It means so much to me that they’re giving back to the community.”
Upon arrival, Mesko was asked to introduce his teammates to the audience, and did so by both name and position. Of note was that he referred to Silvestro as a tight end, a position where he has worked in both OTA sessions open to reporters.
Silvestro, entering his second year in the NFL, was a defensive end as a rookie and during his college career at Rutgers. It’s possible that he is aligning on offense in a temporary role, as the Patriots have been without both Rob Gronkowski and Daniel Fells during OTAs.
“I’m just doing whatever they ask me, just trying to do anything to help the team out really," Silvestro said when asked of the switch.