Boiardi is 2017 Spirit of Tewaaraton winner

Former Cornell player George Boiardi is recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Tewaaraton award
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced that former Big Red men's lacrosse player Mario St. George Boiardi '04 will honored as the 2017 Spirit of Tewaaraton recipient at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, presented by Under Armour, June 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

The Spirit of Tewaaraton is presented to an individual who has contributed to the sport of lacrosse in a way that reflects the spirit of the values and mission of the Tewaaraton Award. Past recipients include former Big Red coach Richie Moran, as well as Dick Edell, Diane Geppi-Aikens, Sid Jamieson, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, Roy Simmons Jr., Bob Scott, Brendan Looney, Oren Lyons and Tina Sloan Green.

"George continues to have a tremendous impact on the Cornell lacrosse family," said Matt Kerwick, The Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Lacrosse. "His legacy is evident in so much of what we do as a program. From the Hard Hat, which is handed out in his honor, to competing to win \'Boiardi stats\' each game, to protecting \'Georgie\'s house\' when we play on Schoellkopf Field. His locker has not changed since the day he passed and is a daily reminder to the team that we play for something much bigger than ourselves at Cornell. His attitude, leadership, and integrity both on and off the field is still the benchmark for our student-athletes."

After earning 11 varsity letters at Landon School, Boiardi went on to become Cornell\'s 2001 Rookie of the Year and a four-year starter for the Big Red. A captain of the 2004 team, Boiardi tragically lost his life on March 17, 2004 when he was struck in the chest with a ball during a game on Cornell\'s Schoellkopf Field. As an accomplished student, athlete and campus leader who was committed to helping those less fortunate, he lived by the motto that "well done is better than well said." Boiardi planned to serve with Teach for America on South Dakota\'s Rosebud Reservation following his graduation, and his legacy lives on through the annual 21 Run, which benefits local literacy efforts in Ithaca, a cause dear to Boiardi\'s heart.

"I am forever grateful for my experiences shared with George Boiardi while he was a player and captain of the Cornell lacrosse team," said former Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni. "He was a soft-spoken, fun-loving, loyal and compassionate young man off the field. At the same time, he was a courageous, competitive, hard-nosed and humble leader on it. George offered his voice and opinions sparingly, but effectively, as he impacted and supported so many people around him. His legacy and spirit continues to grow in the hearts of so many former teammates, family and friends. He remains the most compassionate and impactful teammate I have ever coached. While we continue to mourn the loss of George, I take comfort in the time that we spent together and from the many lessons that were learned. I am grateful to be able to pass these lessons along to my children and current team today."

About The Tewaaraton Foundation
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse\'s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Native American descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit

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