BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse announced today that it has established a multi-year partnership agreement with The University Club of Washington to sponsor the annual Tewaaraton Award and Annual Native American High School Player of the Year Scholarship. US Lacrosse will join the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders in its endorsement of the annual Tewaaraton Award, which honors the nation's top male and female collegiate lacrosse player for extraordinary achievements on the field.
The US Lacrosse Annual Native American High School Player of the Year Scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female each year. The scholarship honors high school students of Native American descent who exemplify high character, leadership, and academics both on and off the lacrosse field.
"We are thrilled to work with the University Club of Washington and to be associated with an award that recognizes the premier men’s and women’s collegiate lacrosse players each year," said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. "And, just as importantly, the scholarship honors the sport’s Native American heritage, and rewards outstanding young Iroquois student-athletes who aspire to achieve their full potential on the lacrosse field and in the classroom."
US Lacrosse kicks off its inaugural year as an official Tewaaraton Award partner as the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Tewaaraton Award ceremony. In addition to its endorsement and multi-year sponsorship of the Native American High School Player of the Year Scholarship, US Lacrosse will work with the University Club and its management partner, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance, to promote the award process and expand participation in the annual ceremony.
The University Club created the Tewaaraton Award 11 years ago. The lacrosse community recognizes the award as the premier individual honor award in the sport.
"We’ve always been proud of the endorsement received by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders, which symbolizes our connection to the Native Era," said Jeff Harvey, Chairman of the Tewaaraton Award Committee at the University Club of Washington. "And this year we’re proud to announce this new endorsement and relationship with US Lacrosse, the modern games national governing body. These two endorsements provide important validation for the award and all it stands for. We thank US Lacrosse for this recognition and look forward to this partnership."
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has nearly 350,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
About The Tewaaraton Award
The Tewaaraton Award was founded in 2000 by The University Club of Washington DC. Honoring the Native American heritage, the Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American history. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. Today, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation's top male and female collegiate lacrosse player for their extraordinary achievements on the field. For more information on the Tewaaraton Award visit www.tewaaratonaward.org. The University Club of Washington DC was established in 1904 during the tenure of William Howard Taft, the Club's first President and later the President of the United States, the membership is a diverse mix of professional, business and government leaders.
About Greater Washington Sports Alliance
Established in 2003, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) is a regional non-profit sports commission created to foster economic development and civic pride through the power of sports. The Sports Alliance’s mission encompasses the attraction of sporting events to the region, the promotion of the regional professional, collegiate and amateur franchises, the support of youth investment organizations and the branding of Washington, D.C. as a world class sports destination. For more information please visit www.gwsportsalliance.com.