BABSON PARK, Mass.—On Monday inside Knight Auditorium, Babson College Senior Director of Athletics and Athletic Advancement Mike Lynch will introduce former Boston University hockey player and motivational speaker Travis Roy, who will share his story in front of a large audience predominantly comprised of students, faculty and staff.
Sponsored by the Babson Department of Athletics and Recreation and Babson Office of Wellness and Prevention Services, Monday night's event will provide an opportunity for people to hear Roy's inspirational message, ask questions of Travis, and connect with him individually following his speaking portion.
"Travis is one of the most impactful people I have come across in my life," said Lynch. "His story is one of perseverance, faith and character. I am honored to call him my friend and know his story and message will resonate with not only our student-athletes but every single person in attendance. We also appreciate Ryan Travia and his Health and Wellness team supporting this event while continuing to work with us on such important initiatives."
As illustrated in his bio, Roy first put on ice skates when he was just 20 months old. In the fall of 1995, he accomplished one of his dream goals by earning a hockey scholarship to Boston University. At 22 years old in October 1995, Roy entered into his first collegiate hockey game. Eleven seconds into his first shift, his life changed forever as he crashed into the boards and cracked his fourth and fifth cervical vertebra, paralyzing him from the neck down.
As Travis states in his presentation, "In life there are times when we choose our challenges and other times when the challenges simply choose us. The question is whether we conquer the challenges life presents us, or surrender to them." Travis takes his audience on an emotional journey that will leave each person reflecting on their past, present and future. He helps people recognize what is important in life and inspires them to get the most out of it.
"We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Babson Athletics and Recreation in support of our student-athletes' well-being," said Babson Associate Dean of Students for Wellness Ryan Travia. "I am excited to welcome Travis to campus to share his story, which has special meaning for me personally. On August 13, 2005, my younger brother, Richard, suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury, crushing C4, 5, 6, and 7, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. This was a moment that changed our lives forever. I believe that Travis' message of overcoming adversity will have a deep impact on the lives of our students and the decisions they make moving forward."
Roy's visit comes at a time when Babson Athletics and Recreation and Health and Wellness are in the midst of a three-year, $30,000 NCAA CHOICES grant to fund Project TEAM (Team Engagement for Alcohol Management). Student-athletes from Babson's 22 varsity programs participate in four workshops covering individual wellness, team development, systems and policy, and community engagement.