Wiffle ball game raises money for paralysis research

Posted on June 26, 2015

By Alex Corddry, 7 News
Published: Saturday, June 20, 2015
View the original article here.

7News Boston WHDH-TV – Local athletes hit the field at Boston University for the fifth annual Boston Wiffle Ball Challenge to raise money for a good cause.

Eighteen teams participated, featuring athletes like former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and Boston University’s star hockey player and Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel.

“It’s pretty cool to see what started as two or three teams, now there’s a mass amount of teams to support the Franciscan Hospital for Children,” said Wakefield.

Eichel’s participation was especially appropriate, as the game was benefiting the Travis Roy Foundation and the Franciscan Hospital for Children. Roy, a former Terrier hockey player, had his college career cut short when an injury left him paralyzed. His foundation funds paralysis research.

“It’s hard to keep an event going for five years,” said Roy. “So it means a lot. We’ve got a great group of teams out here.”

The Franciscan Hospital for Children provides care to more than 10,000 children each year with special health needs. Saturday’s wiffle ball games took in $100,000 for the foundation and the hospital.