Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament

Fantastic Fundraising, Thrilling Games Highlight 2017 Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament

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ESSEX, Vt. – Another tremendous fundraising effort and thrilling competition on the field highlighted the 16th annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament held at Pat and Beth O’Connor’s three backyard fields, Little Fenway, Little Wrigley and Little Field of Dreams this past weekend, August 11-13, 2017.

The 34-team event brought in $585,496, the second-highest total in history, to lift the 16-year total to well over the $4.6 million-dollar amount. It also marked the third time in the last four years the Vermont backyard event raised over a half-million dollars. There is still time to donate to the tournament to help reach its 2017 goal of $600,000. Click HERE to donate now.

All funds go to the Travis Roy Foundation that benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries, and is named after the former Boston University men’s hockey player who resides with his family in nearby Malletts Bay in Colchester each summer.

‘What keeps me moving is the energy that builds from this weekend,’ said Roy in his inspirational remarks at Saturday’s ‘Money Count’ announcement. ‘There are good days and bad days for any of us who are paralyzed. But for me, there are few better days than this weekend when it all comes to a pinnacle. It’s really fun to know the great effort by everyone this weekend to help find a way to help our foundation. I lose words when trying to define what it means for the all of the people and families that we can help, and the hope that it provides for all of us. I want to thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart.’

The generosity from this event and others by the Travis Roy Foundation has made an immediate impact on the lives of many individuals. Since the 2016 tourney, the foundation has committed $350,000 to fund spinal cord injury research, and over $400,000 in adaptive equipment grants to enhance the lives of people and families affected by spinal cord injuries.

Tournament director, host and found Pat O’Connor echoed Roy’s remarks and was gracious for the great efforts of the supporters, participants, volunteers and neighbors. ‘It takes a great community effort to put on this ever-growing and expanding event, and I’m proud that no one leaves here without having fun,’ said O’Connor.

For the second straight year a local Vermont team won the tournament title in Sunday’s thrilling playoffs as six of the nine games in the bracket were one-run decisions or won in walk-off fashion. Williston-based HOTDAM won its third title overall and its first since 2003 winning an exciting championship game, 6-5, over the Jackhammers of Braintree, Mass., who were bidding for a record fourth title. Led by tournament most valuable player Tucker Kohlasch of Williston, HOTDAM scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the final inning after the Jackhammers, who previously trailed all game, took a one-run advantage down to their last out in the top half of the seventh.

In addition to Kohlasch as the MVP, other annual award winners were Carney Daniels of Essex Junction, Vt. and the Buckners and JetBlue earned the Tommy Long Sportsmanship Award; Maine-native Tony McNaboe of the Hardshells picked up the Kim Trahan Fundraising Leadership Award; McNaboe’s team, the Hardshells of Yarmouth, Maine, made up of many boyhood friends of Travis Roy, won the Fan Club Award as the top fundraising raising over $50,000. John Pelkey of Montpelier and Lee Roy, father of Travis Roy, were inducted into the Little Fenway Hall of Fame for their efforts developing and maintaining the three wiffleball fields.

The tournament began Friday with the opening ceremonies and the annual Celebrity-Sponsor game. Many Vermont current and past sports legends were on hand to play including former UVM hoop standout Taylor Coppenrath; former LPGA tour golfer and UVM basketball star Libby Smith; former Spaulding High and UNH football star David Ball; UNH and Richford (Vt.) distance running champion Elle Purrier; Middlebury College basketball All-American Matt St. Amour of Swanton; and St. Lawrence defenseman Ben Finkelstein of South Burlington, a draftee of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. Others included noted baseball historian and author Glenn Stout; local media members Alex Abrami of the Burlington Free Press, Mike McCune of WCAX TV, Steve Cormier of RadioVermont, Tom Messner and Ken Drake of WPTZ TV; UVM Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman; Vermont Lake Monsters GM Joe Doud; baseball executive David Dittman; and WIFFLE Inc. CEO Dave Mullany, the grandson of the inventor of WIFFLE Ball.

Corporate tournament partners for the 2017 tournament were Stanley Black and Decker, Positive Tracks and JetBlue Airways.

Click HERE for 2017 schedule and results

Click HERE to watch archived games on Pack Network

Click HERE for 2017 Travis Roy WIFFLE ball tournament video (courtesy Burlington Free Press)

2017 Tournament Champions: HOTDAM
TRF Wiffle Ball 2017 Champs

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*  Donations can be made online
*  To volunteer for the event, contact Sue
*  To become a sponsor, contact Belinda

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH ARCHIVED GAMES

 

 2017 Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament 2007 Results August 11-12-13, 2017 2017 Awards: Most Valuable Player: Tucker Kohlasch, HOTDAM Tommy Long Sportsmanship Award: Carney Daniels, Buckners/JetBlue Kim Trahan Fundraising Leadership…

The annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE® Ball Tournament at Little Fenway in Essex, Vermont, has raised over $4 Million to benefit spinal cord injured survivors and research into a cure…

Every dollar raised by youth and matched by Positive Tracks goes to the Travis Roy Foundation to help those with spinal cord injuries, and to research for a cure.

Learn how to get to and from Little Fenway in Essex Junction, Vermont

Click here for the Pack Network’s WIFFLE Ball Tournament Video page, live and archived games. For the Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament YouTube Channel, please click here.

The Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament Player’s Guide is designed to help players execute a successful fundraising campaign and prepare for the tournament weekend.  Email: homerunpat@gmail.com with any questions….