Overview of Foundation
The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation honors the memory of Mario St. George Boiardi, a selfless leader and loyal friend who lost his life in March 2004 while playing lacrosse, the game he loved. The Foundation’s mission is to carry on George’s work by empowering the next generation through academics and athletics.
The Foundation honors George’s legacy by raising and donating funds to worthwhile charitable organizations that help cultivate and nurture our youth through academic and athletic endeavors, two of George’s lifelong passions.
Additionally, the Foundation has created a Summer Camp Program which provides financial assistance to deserving middle school students who wish to attend summer camps focused on academic, athletic, or other educational pursuits.
The 21 Dinner is an annual event held in New York City to celebrate the life and legacy of George Boiardi and supports the The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation. George proudly wore the number 21 as a captain of the Cornell Lacrosse team.
The 21 Run is a 5K walk/run held each spring at the Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, New York. The event is organized in conjunction with the Cornell University Men's Lacrosse program and the Family Reading Partnership of Ithaca.
The 21 Run West - San Francisco is a 5k walk/run held each year in San Francisco, CA. The event is organized by The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation in conjunction with George's classmates from Cornell University, San Francisco's Lacrosse for LIFE, and the local lacrosse community.
The Boiardi Open is an annual golf tournament held in the greater Washington, DC area. The event consists of a four-person Captain and Crew tournament, a silent auction and a post-round awards ceremony and gathering.
The Capital Lacrosse Invitational is a fall lacrosse tournament conceived to support and promote the Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation and its mission of empowering the next generation through academics and athletics. The Invitational includes a free youth clinic and games featuring six premier collegiate lacrosse teams.
Team 21 is a club lacrosse team that was formed in 2005 to participate in the Vail Shootout, an annual lacrosse tournament held over the 4th of July weekend. The team was created by a group of George's close friends and teammates from Cornell University, and raises money for the Foundation through sponsorships.