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IZZY’S POV: Perspective from Ty Wells’ Celebration of Life


Hi Wildcat Fans!

This week we were able to celebrate the life of Ty Wells, a former swim student-athlete here at the University of Arizona. It was held on Saturday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The bleachers were filled with former teammates, friends, family, people who knew him for years and people who had only met him once or twice. It was a beautiful service. You could really feel how much he was loved and how big of an impact he left here at UArizona.

Ty Wells, 23, passed away Jan. 27 (Arizona Athletics photo)

There was a tribute video shown at the celebration and it was very heartwarming and emotional. Former friends and athletes at Arizona spoke about how much they loved we are here to compete, get an education but also to make an impact on the people around us. Ty did just that. He made people feel great about themselves, he said hello to everyone that walked by him, he knew everyone’s name, and he wore the biggest smile on his face. Not a single person in that video said anything about the swimmer he was or how fast he swam while he was here. They mentioned his Spiderman bed sheets and how he lit up every single room he walked into.

That’s why we do what we do. We surround ourselves with people that we love and we leave a mark on their lives. Ty Wells was a guy that left a mark on every person he met. I think we can all strive to do that and spread love just like he did. Celebrating his life gave me perspective and allowed me to reflect on my time here at Arizona so far. Life is so short, and I want to spend my time making myself and others feel good. I have left my mark on this program and now it’s time to leave it all out on the field for the next month.

Ty Wells, we miss you and we are all so grateful for the impact you made on our athletic department. Keep smiling and buy yourself some Spiderman bed sheets.

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