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Essex WIFFLE ball benefit prepares for last pitch

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Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 6:38 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 9:36 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The 20th Annual Travis Roy WIFFLE Ball Tournament Tournament next month will be its last.

The tournament, held in Essex at Little Fenway, Little Wrigley and Little Field of Dreams, raises money for the Travis Roy Foundation, which benefits people and families affected by spinal cord injuries.

Roy died this past October at the age of 45, and in accordance with his wishes, this will be the last tournament sponsored by the foundation. But they say the foundation’s trustees and the Roy family will continue to reach for Travis’ goals.

Upon his passing, Roy wanted to endow programs that would have a lasting impact on people who suffered spinal cord injuries, and he wanted the Travis Roy Foundation to exit its active involvement in fundraising. However, the trustees say the Travis Roy Foundation’s Quality of Life Grant Program continues and its medical research commitments, focusing on finding independence for those living with paralysis, will be met. They say Roy’s life work, his passion and his purpose will carry on.

Last year’s event was held virtually; it raised more than $372,000; the 2019 tournament brought in more than $757,000 for a 19-year total of more than $6.4 million.

The fundraising goal for this year is $1 million. The tournament is Aug. 13-15 in Essex. Click here for all the details.

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