2019 Willie O’Ree Community Hero (Service) Award Winner Rico Phillips

Congratulations to 1st responder and community service advocate Rico Phillips.

This past Wednesday night, (6/19) local Flint Township firefighter Rico Phillips won the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Service award for founding the Michigan based “Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program” in 2010. The O’Ree Award is given annually “to an individual who – through the game of hockey – has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society,” according to the NHL website.

Phillips was selected from an online fan vote which included 2 other selections from Washington D.C. and Detroit MI. Rico still serves as the programs director. The FICYHP is a 9 week entirely free program which provides free transportation,  and all of the necessary youth hockey equipment and instruction. All provided to serve the purpose of introducing the sport to inner city youth.