Members of the Harvard men's hockey program competed in the annual Boston Wiffle Ball Challenge this summer. (Photo: Harvard men's hockey)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On June 21st, a group of Harvard Men's Ice Hockey players participated in what has become the annual Boston Wiffle Ball Challenge. The Travis Roy Foundation, Inc. and the Franciscan Hospital for Children teamed up once again to host this year's charity tournament.
Having started with just four teams, this year's tournament expanded to 24 teams and was held at Boston University's Nickerson Field. In the previous years, sponsors helped raise nearly $200,000. This year's tournament planned to raise the largest total yet, and it achieved its goal, with total figures yet to be announced.
All proceeds go to the Travis Roy Foundation, Inc. and the Franciscan Hospital for Children. The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries and to helping fund research for these types of injuries. In his first collegiate ice hockey game for BU, Travis fell into the boards and paralyzed himself. Since then, he has courageously dedicated countless hours to helping others with similar misfortunes. The Franciscan Hospital for Children treats and cares for over 10,000 children with a wide range of physical, medical, and behavioral challenges. Their endless efforts help to transform the lives of many youths that need attention.
Harvard played in the Beanpot Division, facing both Boston University and Northeastern. Rather than the usual rivalry mentality, the tournament allowed for friendly competition. Harvard lost a nail-biter to BU and defeated Northeastern in its two games. The players enjoyed the weather, atmosphere, seeing Travis so enthusiastic about the event, and truly couldn't have been happier to help support two great causes.
Harvard men's hockey hopes to make playing in this event a yearly tradition as well as helping volunteer to run the tournament in years to come.