The impact that Kip Taviano left in his 17 years of life won’t soon be forgotten.
“I’ve known Kip since I was eight or nine. We played football together at BYC,” said Joey Raymond, a fellow Ford from the Garnet Valley area and one of Taviano’s best friends. “We both went to Garnet Valley through eighth grade, then we went to Haverford. He was recruited to play lacrosse and I kind of chose to be on my own, but without him, I really would not be who I am today. I owe a lot of it to him.”
Raymond, the oldest child of his family, never had a big brother, but he considered Taviano to be just that. The outgoing Taviano made it a point to help get Raymond involved at his new school, especially when the latter struggled to adapt to his new school.
“We were like brothers,” Raymond said. “Ever since we were freshmen, we’d drive to school together. We’d carpool together, especially since Glen Mills is pretty far from Haverford, and we were always together. I learned through him and he helped me get adjusted to the new school. It’s not easy coming from GV to Haverford, but he dragged me along everywhere to help me make friends. He had so many qualities, but the one thing I’ll remember the most is how he was a mentor. Like a big brother.”
Fords junior midfielder Peter Blynn echoed those thoughts, pointing to this year’s season as an example of Taviano’s unselfishness.
“He was one of those kids that really cared and always kept a positive attitude,” Blynn said. “Even this year, when he got leapfrogged by a freshman for his spot, he was always helping the freshmen and sophomores out. He still helped everyone and he truly loved the game, regardless of his standing (on the depth chart).”
After the Fords beat Malvern Prep, 13-11, for their fourth Inter-Ac Invitational championship, Taviano was probably the one who took the most joy out of it, Blynn said.
“We had an afterparty after the win and he was one of the most excited kids about the win,” Blynn said. “I think he was the last kid up. He was up until about 5 a.m. He had the best time of anyone.”
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