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Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award winner presents $10,000 check to Kris Perani Hockey Foundation

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Published: Jan. 4, 2020 at 10:53 AM EST
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(01/04/2020) - Saturday was a special day in more ways than one for Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award winner Rico Phillips.

The retired Flint firefighter presented a $10,000 ceremonial check to the Kris Perani Hockey Foundation board of directors.

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"I decided to make sure hockey had a way to grow here locally, and I've worked well with the Kris Perani Foundation over the last several years," Phillips said. "They take our kids that participate in our program and make it so they have scholarships to continue to play hockey."

Phillips was awarded the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award at the NHL Awards in June for his work as director of the Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program.

As part of winning that award the NHL donated the money to the charity of his choosing.

Saturday he again thanked the community for voting for him.

Saturday also kicked off his program's 7th season.

Phillips said they had reached capacity but would make room for late participants if space opened up.