Damian Smith's 9th Birthday Fundraiser (2/12/2022)
Hockey is the greatest sport on Earth, and I love playing it. Hockey is a unique sport because you have to play on ice and blades. It's so much harder than it looks. Hockey players are very special people. For example, after hockey player Jimmy Hayes died, Boston Bruin Brad Marchand has taken care of Jimmy's son by visiting him every week.
Charlie McAvoy #73 is DEFINITELY my most favorite Boston Bruin. Charlie went to Boston University, which is where I might go to college some day. He is a tough hockey player, but he is also super nice. Charlie is different than other hockey players because nobody else gives a lot of attention to ordinary people like he does. I have met Charlie twice. The first time, he gave me his autographed stick. The second time, he signed my McAvoy shirt. Both times, Charlie spent a lot of time just talking to me. He always tells me to "Dream Big."
After those visits, I spent a lot of time thinking about ways I could say "thank you" to a multimillionaire athlete who can buy anything he wants. I know Charlie would want me to pay kindness to others, so this fundraiser is inspired by my idol, Charles Patrick McAvoy, Jr. This is my way of saying thank you to him.
I never got to meet hockey star Travis Roy, but I wish I did. On October 20, 1995, Travis skated head first into the boards on his first night playing for Boston University (McAvoy's college). Travis was paralyzed from the neck down. He only got to enjoy his dream for 11-seconds. I feel bad that Travis had a difficult life after his accident, but he spent the rest of his life helping people. I am having my birthday fundraiser on February 12, 2022 at my backyard ice rink in Ipswich, Massachusetts to support the Travis Roy Foundation because many people have spinal accidents. I want to give money and help to people who cannot walk or play hockey. Will you please join me to help people in need? Every dollar helps. Let's DREAM BIG!
Defenseman @AgawamYouthHockey #18
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