By Cheryl Hartz
Prescott Valley Tribune
It’s one thing for a wealthy professional athlete to use his millions to start a charitable foundation. It’s quite another when a struggling rookie – who makes less than a novice teacher – gives of his resources to help those in need. Both are admirable, but the latter means more.
Such is the case of the Arizona Sundogs’ Kevin Petovello, who still calls Sparwood home. His particular cause is the Ricky Ryp Foundation, named for the late Vancouver Canuck Rick Rypien, which provides funding and/or equipment to deserving folks.
Rypien, who died at age 27, gave back to his hometown and every community to which his career took him.
“He was a friend and he’s a hero for a lot of us,” Petovello said.
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