Holy Cross junior men’s hockey player Jeffrey Reppucci of Newburyport has been named one of 11 nominees for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Finalists will be announced in February, and this year’s recipient will be introduced and honored in a ceremony April 12 in Pittsburgh, Pa., as part of the 2013 Men’s Division I Frozen Four weekend.
Reppucci is the founder and president of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders. In 2012, he founded Playing For Peace, which was a $25,000 community building project in rural Russia, focused on promoting community wellness for children through sports and anti-alcohol education. Reppucci stayed with a local family in the village for one month and built a fully equipped sports court and soccer field at the village’s lone school. He led a recreation camp for kids, donated alcohol educational materials and sports equipment, and worked with the school’s principal and teachers to establish a comprehensive wellness program for kids.
Reppucci is also the founder and CEO of the project Working For Worcester 2012-2013. Led by a group of passionate college students, Working for Worcester is a city-wide project designed to promote city pride and ownership while, at the same time, providing necessary improvements to Worcester’s recreational spaces. On project day, April 20, Working for Worcester hopes to mobilize a group of 1,000-plus students, faculty and local volunteers and make in excess of $50,000 in improvements to the community. Several project locations including the Worcester Youth Center and Cookson Park have already been finalized.