The Tewaaraton Trophy
is an award given annually, since 2001, to the most outstanding American college lacrosse
player. It is the lacrosse
equivalent of football
's Heisman Trophy
. The trophy is presented by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance
and the University Club of Washington, D.C. One trophy is presented to the top men's player, and one trophy is presented to the top women's player each year. The 2010 Awards Ceremony was held at the National Museum of the American Indian
on June 3rd.
Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports played in North America and the award honors the Native American
heritage of lacrosse in the name of its trophy, "Tewaaraton," the Mohawk name for their game and the progenitor of present day lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Trophy has received the endorsement of the Mohawk Nation
Council of Elders. Each year, the award recognizes one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois
Confederacy: the Mohawk
tribes. 2010 celebrates the "Year of the Seneca."
The trophy is a bronze sculpture depicting a Mohawk native playing lacrosse. It was designed and created by Frederick Kail with the assistance of Thomas Vennum, Jr., a renowned Native American lacrosse historian and author, who consulted with Kail to ensure the trophy's historical authenticity. The 12-inch figure is mounted upon a hexagon-shaped slab of black granite and polished Cocobolo wood. The hexagonal base... Read More