Members of the men's hockey team with Travis Roy (Photo courtesy Kyle Criscuolo).
BOSTON – In what is becoming a June tradition for the Harvard men's hockey team, a contingent of players competed in the 2015 Boston WIFFLE Ball Challenge Saturday, June 20, which raises money for the Travis Roy Foundation and the Franciscan Hospital for Children.
The Boston WIFFLE Ball Challenge has grown from just four teams in its first year in 2011, to a 24-team tournament that has raised over $320,000.00 for its respective charities, with this year's yet to be announced total to be added to that. 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's team, bolstered by a sponsorship from XOS Digital and contributions from VentureUp and O2X, donated $1,000 this year.
In the friendly-competition portion of the event, the Crimson took on Northeastern and Suffolk Construction. The Huskies came away with the victory in the first game, but Harvard bounced back with a tie against Suffolk.
"It was a tough showing on the field for us, but we all had a ton of fun supporting the Travis Roy Foundation," said senior Kyle Criscuolo.