Christi Capozzi got an assist from Colin Burton of Pioneer Coffee, which makes a Capozzi Java blend, with her fundraising to to play for Canada in the World University Games in Trentino, Italy.
The Capozzi-Capozzi connection was a natural.
Kelowna's Christi Capozzi was helped by local coffee company Pioneer, the makers of a Capozzi Java blend, in her quest to win gold as a member of the Canadian women's hockey team at the World University Games last month in Trentino, Italy.
"Pioneer donated $500 toward Christi's $4,500 fundraising goal to go to Italy," said dad Greg Capozzi.
"It's such a cool 'Capozzi coffee sends Capozzi to Italy' story."
In keeping with its name, Pioneer roasts blends that carry the names of Kelowna pioneers.
The bold Italian-style Capozzi Java is named after Christi's late great-grandfather Cap Capozzi, co-founder of B.C.'s first winery, Calona Wines.
There's also Pandosy and Lady Aberdeen blends, respectively named after Kelowna's first white settler, Father Charles Pandosy, and the lady who moved from Scotland to Kelowna with her lord husband to ranch in the Guisachan section of town in the 1890s.
Christi, who grew up playing Kelowna Minor Hockey, is currently in her fifth and final year at UBC Vancouver earning a kinesology degree and captaining the school's Thunderbird women's hockey team.
Christi was picked for the Canadian team attending the World University Games last year.
One of requirements of participating was all team members had to raise the $4,500 to travel to Italy for the tournament, which is held every other year and is also called Winter Universiade.
Besides the $500 Pioneer donated, the company that Greg Capozzi works for, Prime Restaurants, donated $1,000 and other donations came in via Christi's Bird Backers personal fundraising page on the Thunderbird's website.
The Canadian team won the gold medal again at the World University Games last month after finishing top in the past two tournaments as well.
Christi's grandfather, the late Herb Capozzi, also attended UBC Vancouver and was captain of the university's football and basketball teams. He would go on to play in the Canadian Football League, serve as an MLA and as a businessman be involved with the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps and Calona Wines.