WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior and member of the men's hockey program Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has been named one of five finalists for the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Founded by Athletes for a Better World (http://www.abw.org/), a non-profit organization committed to changing the culture of American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open to athletes in all collegiate and professional sports. Nominations are open to every division and conference in college sports. The award recipients will be announced at a ceremony held at the Atlanta History Center on April 22.
Reppucci is joined by Aaron Craft (Ohio State, Basketball), Kelly Dennis (Chestnut Hill College, Tennis), Dau Jok (University of Pennsylvania, Basketball) and Elizabeth Tucker (Notre Dame, Soccer) as the five finalists for the collegiate award. This year's professional recipient will be Drew Brees, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.
Reppucci is the Founder and President of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders (http://www.shcab.org/index.html). He has led the organization to design, fundraise and execute over $125,000 worth of infrastructural development projects and community programming in five different countries to date (United States, Russia, Argentina, Haiti and Uganda). He designed and implemented a $22,000 community-building project in Suzdal, Russia centered on fighting alcoholism in children through sports/recreation infrastructure and programming. Reppucci fundraised and built a $5,000 home for a family in an underdeveloped neighborhood through a partnership with an Argentinian NGO and multiple student groups. He also developed wellness resources for the children in the community. Reppucci launched a $12,000 youth empowerment program at the IDEJEN School in Jeremie, Haiti, where 80 Haitian students are working together to build a commercial soccer field and launch the community's first organized youth soccer league.
He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Working For Worcester (http://www.workingforworcester.com/). Last year the project mobilized 540 college students from seven Worcester area colleges and universities to construct over $62,000 worth of infrastructural improvements (two playgrounds, three community gardens, four basketball courts, one school cafeteria, one commercial dance studio, one teen recreation lounge, one outdoor classroom, one food pantry and four new walking trails) at 12 of the city's recreation spaces. This year's project currently has 800+ registered volunteers and over $20,000 raised to date and is set for April 12. Check out the following video on Worcester For Worcester 2013.
Reppucci is a 2013 Truman Scholar and a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist. He was also a BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award Finalist in 2013. A three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team, Reppucci won a 2012 Katherine Wasserman Davis Fellowship For the Study of Critical Languages which is awarded to students who demonstrate a potential for promoting peace on an international scale. Reppucci also won a 2012 Davis 100 Projects for Peace Grant which is awarded for a service project that promotes peace. He earned a 2012-2013 Marshal Fund Grant for community development which is awarded for student ambition to promote community development in Worcester. Reppucci also won a $10K Desmaris Scholarship for Academic and Community Leadership, a $6K Dana Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Leadership and a $3K McCarthy Scholarship for Exceptional Academic Achievement.
After being a member of the varsity roster for Holy Cross for three seasons, Reppucci is a student assistant coach for his senior year due to an injury. Reppucci played in 61 games, tallying 24 points through four goals and 20 assists. Reppucci's 16 assists as a freshman in 2010-2011 tied for fifth among rookies and tied for seventh among defensemen in Division I history at the school. He was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team and was named Atlantic Hockey's Rookie of the Week twice during the 2010-2011 season.
John Wooden, who won 10 national championships during the years 1964-1975 as basketball coach at UCLA is regarded as the greatest college coach of any sport who ever lived. He is universally regarded as one of the finest human beings to ever grace the world of sports, and his character, conduct and selfless gifts stand at the highest level by any standard. When Coach Wooden learned about Athletes for a Better World, he gave authorization to attach his name to this annual award and he attended and addressed the inaugural event in Los Angeles in 2005. In his honor, the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes, one collegiate and one professional, for their character and leadership both on and off the field and for their contributions to sport and society.
With Jack Nicklaus, Pat Summitt, Dikembe Mutombo, Mia Hamm, Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, John Lynch, Andrea Yaeger and Cal Ripken, Jr. as previous recipients, the Wooden Cup is becoming one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports. Recipients are considered role models and athletes of excellence both on and off the field.
Recipients of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup are chosen by a committee chaired by Vincent Dooley, former University of Georgia athletic director, and other distinguished individuals involved in athletics across the country.
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