Dear Tabor Community,
We are immensely saddened to share that a man who has meant so much to Tabor Academy and who has made such a positive impact on our world has passed away. Travis Roy ’95 was a hockey stand out during his time here at Tabor. But, he has been so much more to all of us. A dedicated Trustee since 2014, the Class of 2015’s esteemed graduation speaker, spinal cord injury philanthropist, role model, true hero and friend, he lived a life of passion and purpose. We are all the better having known him.
Travis Roy arrived at Tabor as a junior in the fall of 1993. He played soccer, golf and hockey, of course, and served as a Proctor during his senior year. At Tabor, Trav also discovered his knack for ceramics, a skill he was proud of since it had nothing to do with sports. He matriculated to Boston University, where in 1995 he was living out his dream of playing Division 1 hockey. However, on October 20, 1995, eleven seconds into his first shift, Travis hit the end boards head-on and was paralyzed from his shoulders down.
In his TEDx BU talk, Travis shared: Paralysis in a way … it’s amazing in its simplicity. No sensation. No mobility. Just this head on my shoulders that enables me to navigate each day. And this brain that allows me to feel all the emotions that anyone else does. As it turns out, that’s all I need to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
And Travis’ life was full of meaning and inspiration. He dedicated his life’s work toward helping other spinal cord injury survivors by starting the Travis Roy Foundation in 1996. Since its inception, the TRF has awarded over $4.6 million to fund research for finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. Every season the Tabor boys’ hockey team raises money in support of the TRF, each pledging to raise $24 for #24. The team also has a long-standing tradition of competing against Saint Sebastian’s School for the Travis Roy Cup each year.
We have always been reminded of Trav each time we step into the Travis Roy Rink here at Tabor Academy to cheer on our teams, but today, as we walk down the Fish Center Concourse, we feel a deep sadness for the loss of our friend, colleague, alum, and inspiration.
Rest easy, dear Travis. You made it.
With deepest sympathy to Brenda, Lee and Tobi.
Interim Head of School