NYA community remembers Travis Roy

VERMONT. TRAVIS LEE HAS MORE ON THE LIFE OF TRAVIS ROY. IT WAS HERE AT NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY WHERE TRAVIS ROY’S STOCK AS AN AMATEUR HOCKEY PLAYER BEGAN TO TAKE OFF, AND EVENTUALLY THIS ARENA BECAME THE TRAVIS ROY ARENA. IN HIS FIRST SHIFT ON THE ICE FOR BOSTON UNIVERSITY, ALMOST 25 YEARS AGO TODAY, ROY CRASHED INTO THE END BOARDS AND WAS PARALYZED. HIS STORY GRABBING NATIONAL HEADLINES, AND HE WOULD NOT FADE AWAY. THROUGH THE TRAVIS ROY FOUNDATION ALMOST 10 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN RAISED FOR PARALYSIS RESEARCH AND SUPPORT. ‘HE JUST INSPIRES SO MANY OF US, WITH THE WAY HE’S CONDUCTED HIMSELF AND HIS LIFE’S WORK, TOUCHING PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES.’ HIS STORY AND WORK MADE HIM A MYTHICAL FIGURE IN THE HOCKEY COMMUNITY.’ ‘HE CAME TO OUR GAME IN GAME AT ROXBURY- LATIN IN WEST ROXBURY, LAST JANUARY, NOT ONLY DID HE COME TO OUR LOCKER-ROOM AFTERWARDS, HE WANTED TO VISIT THE ROXBURY- LATIN LOCKER ROOM, HE GOT A STANDING OVATION FROM BOTH LOCKER ROOMS.’ OVER THE YEARS HIS FRIEND HAVE MARVELED AT HIS STEADFAST SENSE OF HUMOR AND COMMITMENT TO HELPING OTHERS. FIVE YEARS AGO HE EXPLAINED HIS MINDSET ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ACCIDENT. ‘I’VE TRANSITIONED. THE ANNIVERSARY, WHAT WE’VE DONE, I LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY, I SEE ACCOMPLISHMENTS NOT TRAGEDY. I SEE THE GOOD WILL AND HUMANITY, THAT I’VE BEEN A PART OF THE LAST 20 YEARS THAT HASN’T STOPPED.’ IN ONE OF HIS FINAL CONVERSATIONS WITH HIS BROTHER- IN-LAW, TRAVIS ROY SAID, THAT IF PEOPLE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO REMEMBER HIM, THE BEST WAY TO DO SO IS WITH A DONATION TO THE TRAVIS ROY FOUNDATION. AT THE TRAVIS ROY AREN

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NYA community remembers Travis Roy

Roy died Thursday in Vermont at age 45

North Yarmouth Academy is where Travis Roy’s stock as an amateur hockey player began to take off, and eventually the school’s arena became the Travis Roy Arena.In his first shift on the ice for Boston University, almost 25 years ago Thursday, Roy crashed into the end boards and was paralyzed. His story grabbing national headlines, and he would not fade away. Through the Travis Roy Foundation almost $10 million has been raised for paralysis research and support. “He just inspires so many of us, with the way he’s conducted himself and his life’s work, touching people with spinal cord injuries,” said Ben Jackson, Head of School at NYA.”His story and work made him a mythical figure in the hockey community,” said Michael Warde, the coach for NYA’s boy’s hockey team. “He came to our game in a game at Roxbury-Latin in West Roxbury, last January. Not only did he come to our locker-room afterwards, he wanted to visit the Roxbury-Latin locker room, he got a standing ovation from both locker rooms.”Over the years, Roy’s friends have marveled at his steadfast sense of humor and commitment to helping others. Five years ago, Roy explained his mindset on the 20th anniversary of his accident.”I’ve transitioned. The anniversary, what we’ve done. I look at it differently, I see accomplishments not tragedy. I see the goodwill and humanity, that I’ve been a part of the last 20 years that hasn’t stopped.” he said.In one of his final conversations with his brother-in-law, Travis Roy said, that if people need to find a way to remember him, the best way to do so is with a donation to the Travis Roy Foundation.

North Yarmouth Academy is where Travis Roy’s stock as an amateur hockey player began to take off, and eventually the school’s arena became the Travis Roy Arena.

In his first shift on the ice for Boston University, almost 25 years ago Thursday, Roy crashed into the end boards and was paralyzed.

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His story grabbing national headlines, and he would not fade away. Through the Travis Roy Foundation almost $10 million has been raised for paralysis research and support.

“He just inspires so many of us, with the way he’s conducted himself and his life’s work, touching people with spinal cord injuries,” said Ben Jackson, Head of School at NYA.

“His story and work made him a mythical figure in the hockey community,” said Michael Warde, the coach for NYA’s boy’s hockey team. “He came to our game in a game at Roxbury-Latin in West Roxbury, last January. Not only did he come to our locker-room afterwards, he wanted to visit the Roxbury-Latin locker room, he got a standing ovation from both locker rooms.”

Over the years, Roy’s friends have marveled at his steadfast sense of humor and commitment to helping others. Five years ago, Roy explained his mindset on the 20th anniversary of his accident.

“I’ve transitioned. The anniversary, what we’ve done. I look at it differently, I see accomplishments not tragedy. I see the goodwill and humanity, that I’ve been a part of the last 20 years that hasn’t stopped.” he said.

In one of his final conversations with his brother-in-law, Travis Roy said, that if people need to find a way to remember him, the best way to do so is with a donation to the Travis Roy Foundation.