July 17, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College graduate Trent Theroux `89, who competed on the Friars' swimming and diving team, has created a fund raising event to raise a goal of $50,000 to RISE Against Paralysis. The event, called Back To Block 2012, will take place on September 8, 2012. Theroux will swim from Point Judith, R.I. to Block Island.
The idea was conceived after much thought by Theroux, who was the victim of a boating accident in September 2002. While kayaking in Narragansett Bay, a speed boat approached him as he was entering the water. It was at that point he realized the speed boat operator could not see him. Despite waving his paddle in the air in an effort to be recognized, the boat hit him and the propeller carved into all of his major muscles on the left side of his back and cut five bones in his spinal column.
After extensive rehabilitation, Theroux has since completed a marathon and an Ironman competition. He now hopes to achieve the goal of completing an unprecedented ocean swim to benefit a great cause - RISE Against Paralysis.
The distance between Point Judith and Block Island is approximately 10 miles, but the swim through the international waters of the Atlantic Ocean will be roughly 13 miles because of strong currents. Theroux plans to swim the entire distance backstroke.
To learn more about Trent Theroux and support his goal of raising $50,000, please visit the Back To Block 2012 event web site at http://backtoblock.org.
- GO FRIARS! -