Foundation announces plans to wind down, Red Sox offer special tribute opportunity

Posted on August 5, 2021

Boston (August 6, 2021) – The Travis Roy Foundation will honor the late hockey player’s wishes and begin to wind down operations early next year. Travis had requested that the Foundation cease operating following his death, which came on October 29, 2020. The trustees will develop new ways to benefit paralyzed survivors of spinal cord injuries as the foundation winds down its active fundraising programs after April 2022.

To mark the occasion and celebrate Travis’ work, the trustees and the Boston Red Sox today announced a special opportunity for fans to honor the legacy of Travis and raise important funds for enhancing the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.

To honor Travis, the Red Sox are opening Fenway Park for some lucky fans and supporters of the Travis Roy Foundation to play WIFFLE Ball in the historic park.

The announcement comes in advance of the 20th and final Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament on August 13-15 in Essex, Vermont. Two of the 32 teams from the tourney will earn the chance to play WIFFLE Ball at Fenway by surpassing their previous fundraising totals.

The Sox are also opening up to the public the opportunity to earn a spot on the field. Fans can win the chance to play WIFFLE Ball on the field at Fenway by participating in an online auction on the Foundation’s website. Two lucky winners will be able to form their own teams and play on the iconic field. The Travis Roy Foundation has the aspirational goal of raising $1 million this year through the WIFFLE Ball Tournament.

“We are so grateful to the Red Sox and their fans. You have been MVPs in the background and on the front lines. With your support, we’ll knock it out of the park during this final WIFFLE Ball Tournament,” said Arthur B. Page, chair of the Travis Roy Foundation Board of Trustees.

Travis Roy created the largest spinal cord injury charity program of its kind in the country.  His intelligence, warmth and compassion guided the Foundation into a position of leadership and impact. Over $20 million has been raised for research and for grants to thousands of individuals and their families dealing with the challenges of paralysis after a spinal cord injury. The Travis Roy Foundation has awarded more than $5.6 million in research grants dedicated towards finding a cure for spinal cord paralysis.

As part of the Foundation’s wind down plan, the trustees are engaged in conversations with other nonprofit partners to establish programs that will continue Travis’s mission for years to come.

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