On August 15th 2011, Rick Rypien, a much loved and valued member of our family lost his battle to depression. One of Rick’s desires was to find a way to reach as many youth as possible and to take away the stigma associated with mental illness. We thought the best way to honor Rick’s life was fulfill that objective so we developed a program we call Project 11.
Designed as an engaging cross-curricular prevention program, Project 11 delivers weekly lessons and daily activities that helps students and teachers develop a greater understanding and awareness of mental health issues within their own lives as well as their peers and teaches them positive coping skills.
Max and Rick shared many of the same endearing qualities. They were both quiet, humble leaders, loved by their teammates, family and friends. We are very proud that Project 11 and Rick’s legacy can be shared in honor of Max’s incredible life and the impact he had on so many.
I hope you will join us in supporting the Max Marvin Foundation so that we can expand this much need work throughout Northern Minnesota and beyond.
Mark J. Chipman
Executive Chairman & Governor
Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club