Madison Packer, an original NWHLer and Riveter, will spend this season shining a light on the life of a childhood friend and the foundation set up in his name.
Kyle Pavone, the former frontman of the band We Came As Romans, passed away on Aug. 25, 2018 from an accidental overdose. Kyle and Madison were raised on the same block in the Detroit suburbs.
At each Riveters home game this season, Packer will wear a Kyle Pavone Foundation (KPF) cap as she lines up with her team for pre-game introductions to the crowd. At the Riveters’ post-game meet-and-greet with fans, she will have KPF caps available and will sign them for any fans who purchases them for a donation of $20. All of the money will go directly to the foundation, and Packer will make an additional, personal contribution.
Those interested in acquiring Madison Packer-signed KPF caps are also encouraged to contact her via Twitter (@madison_packer_). “The NWHL hopes fans consider supporting Madison in her remarkable efforts in memory of her dear friend,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. “Madison and the Kyle Pavone Foundation have our full support in this important cause.”
A personal message from Madison Packer:
“Kyle Pavone was an avid hockey fan, and we grew up down the street from one another, often playing street hockey, toilet papering each other’s houses with friends or siblings, and running around the neighborhood causing harmless havoc. It is important to remember Kyle for the legacy he left, the lives he touched and the music he created. It is also vital that we pay attention to the work his family is doing in the creation of this foundation, and the message behind it.
“Overdose is currently the leading cause of death in America for people under 50. It is hard to have the uncomfortable conversations, but it is harder to see a family and community endure the loss. Mental health is important. Substance abuse education is important. They are separate categories that often work hand-in-hand. I have lost a lot of people I love, and watched a lot of people I care about lose someone they love to substance abuse or suicide. Given the statistics, I know I am not alone. This season I am teaming up with the Kyle Pavone Foundation to drive awareness in a much-needed category, to raise funds to provide resources, and to start a conversation so we can begin to turn the tide. It takes a village to enact change. Join me this season in supporting the Kyle Pavone Foundation, and in standing as an ally for those struggling. To anyone out there who feels lost: you are loved, you are needed, and you matter.”
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