Travis Matthew Roy was born on April 17, 1975. He is a philanthropist and former American college ice hockey player.
It is with great shock that we receive the news of his death death today, October 29, 2020.
Roy attended Yarmouth High School as a freshman, then transferred to nearby North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) in order to pursue an athletic scholarship. Roy transferred again and graduated from Tabor Academy and received an ice hockey scholarship to Boston University (College of Communication, Class of 2000).
Roy is a philanthropist and former American college ice hockey player.
In 1997, Roy started a foundation called “The Travis Roy Foundation” to help spinal cord injury survivors and to fund research into a cure. Inspired by Travis’ own story, the lifeblood of the Travis Roy Foundation has been the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations across North America. This generosity has made an immediate impact on the lives of many individuals.
Since 1997, the Travis Roy Foundation has distributed more than $9 million in individual grants and to research projects and rehabilitation institutions. The individual grant funds have been used to modify vans and to purchase wheelchairs, computers, ramps, shower chairs, and other adaptive equipment to help paraplegics and quadriplegics live their lives.
According to the Travis Roy Foundation, the foundation is uniquely positioned to touch individual lives with its focus on providing adaptive equipment and sponsoring research. In the US alone, there are approximately 250,000 people currently living with a spinal cord injury and 13,000 new injuries each year.
In October 2015, Sargent College Dean Christopher Dean announced, at a fundraiser for the foundation, that a group of anonymous donors gave a gift of $2.5 million gift to establish the Travis M. Roy Professorship in Rehabilitation Sciences at Sargent and provide the foundation with office space on campus and a $50,000 annual stipend towards staffing for the next 10 years.
Cause of Death
His cause of death is still unknown.