Letter From The Chairman

When the University Club of Washington, DC established the Tewaaraton Award in 2000, its mission was to both honor the most outstanding male and female collegiate players, and to recognize the Native American heritage of the sport of lacrosse. As we approach our 12th ceremony of the Award, it is clear that the connection between our current lacrosse heroes and the original warriors is one that distinguishes this Award from any other in sports. The University Club, steeped in its own history, made careful acknowledgement of the games beginnings, most notable through its name, "Tewaaraton", the word given by the Mohawk Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy to the sport we now call lacrosse. Since its founding, the Award has been endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, meaningful validation from the authorities of both the native era and modern era. 

This year's event will take place on May 31st at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, an ideal place to celebrate our game and its roots in Native America. We expect to make this the permanent home for the event in the coming months. The backdrop of the venue leaves a lasting impression on all who attend. US Lacrosse, will begin its long term relationship with the Award and, as such, our scholarships are now appropriately called the US Lacrosse Tewaaraton Native American Scholarships. Following last year's inaugural Tewaaraton Legends Award and it's presentation to Jim Brown, we will be awarding our second Tewaaraton Legends Award this coming May to Eamon McEneaney of Cornell University.

We hope to have you join us on May 31st and hope you continue to follow the news leading up to the event at www.tewaaraton.com. 

On behalf of The Tewaaraton Foundation, and all of our valued partners, thank you for your support of our wonderful game of lacrosse… or as the Mohawk Nation called it, Tewaaraton.

 

Jeffrey T. Harvey
Chairman
The Tewaaraton Foundation

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