March 14, 2013

About the Foundation

The Ricky Ryp Foundation was founded in 2012 for the purpose of continuing Rick Rypien’s legacy through charitable works. During his years in Junior and Pro hockey Rick was involved with many charities in the towns and cities he played in. The purpose of this Foundation is to continue with these actions by providing support to individuals and/or groups characterized into two categories. The “Local Talent” category will provide funding and/or equipment to help those further themselves in academics, athletics or the arts. The intentions of the “Those in Need” category is to provide funding and assistance to individuals and/or families who suffer hardship through either illness, injury or other personal struggles.  In 2012, three events were hosted by the Foundation: 
1) A golf tournament and charity auction took place in August which drew over 200 golfers in a two day event.  Read More Here!

February Announcements

Wes Rypien Jr. was invited by the Vancouver Canucks Organization to drop the puck when the Canucks face off against Chicago Friday February 1st. The Canucks and the other six Canadian NHL teams are launching a program called Hockey Talks which is a month long initiative to bring increased dialogue and awareness to mental health and effective treatments.
The goal of Hockey Talks is to bring the topic of mental health to the forefront in the public realm and alleviate misconceptions/stigma that has been unfairly associated with mental illness.