The Tewaaraton Foundation and Harlem Lacrosse are proud to announce a new partnership aimed at honoring the heritage of our sport and investing in it's future, both on the Onondaga Nation and in the lives of student-athletes from under-resourced communities.
Your support will enable Harlem Lacrosse and Tewaaraton to travel to the 2020 Lacrosse North American Invitational (LAXNAI) tournament this September, hosted on the Onondaga Nation at the Tsha’ Hon'nonyen'dakwha arena and Tsha'Thon'nhes fieldhouse. The event "brings lacrosse home" to it's native soil and welcomes teams from the Akwesasne and Kahnawake Mohawk, Six Nations Territory, Allegheny, Cattaraugus and Tonwanda Senecas, Tuscarora, Oneida and Onondaga Nations; as well as elite lacrosse clubs from Canada, Poland, Puerto Rico, Israel and around the world!
Harlem Lacrosse student athletes will travel to The Onondaga Nation on a robust cultural exchange program led in partnership with The Tewaaraton Foundation. The program will include:
• Tour of Alf Jaques' workshop where wooden sticks are hand crafted using traditional techniques
• Shared meals of Native American cuisine with the Onondaga community
• Tours on the significance and history of lacrosse at the Tsha' Hon'nonyen'dakwha Arena
• Entry in the LAXNAI tournament to compete alongside their peers from across the country
• Transportation, meals and hotels, coaching and equipment
The Tewaaraton Foundation is a nonprofit organization tasked with fulfilling the mission of the Tewaaraton Award, which includes:
Recognizing excellence in the sport of lacrosse by annually honoring the most outstanding men’s and women’s college players and legends of the game.
Honoring the Native American heritage of the sport through the Awards name and by integrating Native American traditions and culture throughout the program.
Giving back to the Native American community in a meaningful way through educational scholarships and youth development.
Harlem Lacrosse empowers the students most at-risk of academic decline and drop-out to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. In communities where less than 65% of high school students graduate, 100% of Harlem Lacrosse participants have earned acceptance to - and enrolled in - college since starting our first high school program. 93% of Harlem Lacrosse student-athletes qualify as economically disadvantaged and 97% are students of color. Since 2011, participants have earned over $37 million in scholarships to elite independent schools and colleges across the country. Alumi have earned lacrosse scholarships to Hobart, The University of Albany, Colby, Nazareth, Bryant and more.