January 21, 1948 ~ July 8, 2018
Dr. Kenneth Ravizza, an internationally renowned leader and pioneer of sports psychology and mental skills programs, and long-time resident of Redondo Beach, died on July 8, 2018 . The cause of death was a heart attack. Ravizza’s reach was wide and long, impacting athletes and coaches from the professional, college, and amateur ranks, Olympic athletes and more. A Professor at Cal State Fullerton for 38 years, he created one of the first applied sport psychology graduate training programs in the United States as well as the University’s first undergraduate stress management course. During his tenure, he taught thousands of students as well as consulted with coaches and athletes in multiple sports to introduce the “mental game” as part of their holistic training. He worked with musicians, heart surgeons, US Military cadets, hospice personnel and beyond.
As tributes poured in from around the world, the common thread was his kindness, compassion, ability to listen, his lasting impact on individual lives and his ability to help others achieve their dreams, whatever they may be. Because he was non-judgmental, accepting of all cultures and points of view, he established immediate trust as he used his skills in humanistic psychology to help people, athletes or not, apply his teachings to everyday life.
Ravizza is survived by Claire Tehan Ravizza, his wife of 46 years, daughters Monica and Nina, his brothers Richard and Joseph Ravizza, adopted brother Jim Tehan, and many nieces and nephews. Surrounded by his immediate family, he died peacefully, the way he lived his life.
A celebration of his life will be held at 9:30 am on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula.
If you would like to honor his memory, donations may be made to: Heal the Bay, ACLU, or Ken Ravizza Scholarship hhd.fullerton.edu/main/scholarship/KenRavizza.
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