The UP Fighting Maroons’ star player gives back.
Ricci Rivero is no stranger to making a splash. As if winning a UAAP championship wasn’t enough, he also helped those affected by the pandemic.
Rivero, via his “Buckets of Hope” charity program, turned over more than P200,000 to UP Ikot/Toki drivers. The president of the drivers’ association, Cesar Sta. Maria, was in attendance. He received the money on behalf of his men. Rivero, accompanied by his manager Charlie Dy and his parents, gave Sta. Maria the cash in person.
When UAAP Season 84 began, Rivero vowed to help the drivers. His plan was to donate P250 for every point he made during the season. The UP College of Human Kinetics dean Kiko Diaz pledged P50 per point. So did booster Debbie Tolentino.
Isabela’s Jeao Diaz, from Sagittarian Agricultural Phils. Inc. also donated P30,000 to Rivero’s cause. Ilagan councilor Jayve Diaz completed the P200,000 by donating P15,800.
Rivero earned 257 points. He said the UP community’s acceptance of him made him want to do something to give back. Fifty-eight drivers and their families will benefit from Rivero’s efforts. The money will be equally divided among them.
What’s next for Ricci Rivero?
This was Rivero’s last playing year in the UAAP. But he declined to comment on his post-graduation plans. During the turnover of the “Buckets of Hope” proceeds, he said that he’d like to rest for now.
His fans hope he won’t quit basketball. Meanwhile, the UP Men’s Basketball team remains grateful to him for his hard work this season.
Aside from basketball, Rivero’s relationship with Andrea Brillantes kept him in the spotlight.
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