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Travis Roy To Speak at Needham Schools

The former Boston University hockey player will help kick off the district's 2012-13 disability awareness programs.

Former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy will speak at three Needham elementary schools this week, with his powerful message of believing in yourself and setting positive goals, regardless of the challenges you face.

Roy achieved his own goal of winning a hockey scholarship to Boston University. But 11 seconds into his first collegiate game in 1995, a crash into the boards broke two vertebrae and severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed him from the neck down. With intensive physical rehabilitation, Roy completed his college degree; became an author, motivational speaker and activist; and launched a foundation to fund research on spinal cord injury and to help survivors.

His appearance at Mitchell, Broadmeadow and Newman schools will kick off the schools’ Disability Awareness Programs for 2012-13. Roy’s powerful presentation at Eliot and Hillside schools last year made such a strong impression that parents and school leaders sought to bring his message to the other elementary schools. Roy’s visit next week is funded by a grant from the Needham Education Foundation (NEF).

“Travis Roy's message is simple yet powerful: We all will have unexpected challenges in life and we each have a choice in how we face those challenges,” said Suzanne Lissy, a Broadmeadow parent who lead the effort to bring Roy to Needham again and chairs the Disability Awareness program at Broadmeadow. “His motivational message also mirrors many of the themes threaded throughout our Disability Awareness programs.”

Roy will speak at Mitchell School on Monday, Oct. 22, at Broadmeadow on Thursday, Oct. 25 and at Newman on Friday, Oct. 26. 

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