The 11th annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament got underway Friday night at Little Fenway Park and Little Wrigley Field. The miniature versions of these storied ballparks are located in Pat O'Connor's backyard in Essex. In the last ten years the wiffleball tournament has raised over $1.5 million for the Travis Roy Foundation. Travis Roy is a former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed in an accident just eleven seconds into the first game of his college career. The theme of this year's tournament is "Eleven Seconds to 11 Years: Playing Together for a Cure". The owner of the fields, Pat O'Connor, says Roy's book inspired him to start this tournament, and says he continues to inspire him today.
Part of Saturday's activities included a kids game and home run derby, along with the rest of the tournament. But the highlight of the afternoon was the money count. The 24 teams that participate do most of the fundraising for the Travis Roy foundation, and those players were honored with green wristbands and socks, to honor their efforts. As od Sunday night at 11 p.m. this weekend's event has raised nearly $427,000, bringing the total for 11 years up to over $1.9 Million. Travis says he is excited to see the work of his foundation, changing the lives of folks with spinal cord injuries.
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