The morning of September 11, 2001, 24-year-old Welles Crowther arrived at the World Trade Center for his job at a finance firm. Soon after the attack it was confirmed that Welles died that day.
Crowther, a hockey, soccer and lacrosse player in high school in Nyack, NY and Boston Colloege lacrosse player and graduate, was known for carrying a trademark red bandana wherever he went.
For weeks what he did and how he died remained a mystery to his friends and family, until his mother, Allison Crowther, heard news agencies report of survivors remembered a man wearing a red bandana helping them to safety. After she contacted those survivors with a picture of Welles, it was confirmed that he that had helped save them. He became known as “The Man in the Red Bandana.”
Ten years later, Welles’ story became public and was featured by ESPN in a segment called Outside the Lines, and Michael Bozoian, head coach of the Carmel Icehounds high school hockey team and Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor who also played college hockey at Niagara University and was in New York on 9/11 when heard about Welles. That’s when he sprang into action.
“When my wife and I saw that ESPN special, we decided to name our son Wellesley (Welles),”
he said. “I have been in contact with the Crowther family and the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, since that time and have sent them pictures of my Welles.”
Inspired by the story, Bozoian and his team decided to honor Welles, and on August 18 they began their season with a five-mile run on the Monon Trail while wearing red bandanas in honor of Welles.
“I asked them if it would be okay for us to wear red bandanas during our run today and they said they would be honored for us to do so,” Bozoian said. “So, 11 years after 9/11, and half way across the country from Ground Zero, we wore red bandanas in memory of Welles Crowther.”