Oct. 19, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Several Boston College teams took part in the seventh annual Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna Run on October 15 to support the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust.
The baseball, softball and fencing teams competed and volunteered in the race while the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams offered their services as well.
"Our seniors came to me with the idea to participate even before I mentioned it to them," baseball head coach Mike Gambino said. "I thought it was a great idea to honor a fellow Eagle and a hero to so many. They were really excited to take part and I am proud that we could play a small role. What Welles was able to do on September 11 was heroic and inspirational and our team was really touched by his story."
The Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna Run is a 5k road race on the Boston College campus held as an annual tribute to the September 11 hero. The race is co-sponsored by the Boston College Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust.
"Welles's story makes you want to make a difference and do something noble," softball junior OF Maria Pandolfo said. "Putting on that red bandanna before the race was an honor. The run was a great way to show Welles and his family how important he still is to the BC community and that his story still lives on with everyone at BC, especially the student-athletes."
Welles Crowther was an equities trader in the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Months after the attacks, survivors began piecing together stories of the events and Crowther's heroic acts came to light. Crowther used the last hour of his life to save the lives of others, using a red bandanna to cover his nose and mouth as protection against smoke and debris. Crowther had carried a red bandanna in his pocket since his father gave him one as a child, and it became his trademark as he wore one under his helmet as a BC lacrosse player. His heroics were documented in the "Outside the Lines" segment on ESPN, produced by ESPN's Drew Gallagher (BC '99), who was a friend of Welles at BC, written by Tom Rinaldi and narrated by the actor Edward Burns.