George Boiardi was born on July 30, 1981, and grew up in the greater Washington, DC area with his parents, Mario and Deborah, and sisters, Elena and Caroline. He attended the Landon School, where he excelled both academically and athletically, earning 11 varsity letters in Football, Hockey, and Lacrosse. These achievements led George to Cornell University, where he pursued a major in history and was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team. On the field, George’s heart and athleticism earned him Rookie of the Year honors in 2001, and he went on to be a four-year starter and serve as a captain of the 2004 squad. Tragically, on March 17, 2004 George Boiardi lost his life at the age of 22 while competing in a game on Cornell University’s Schoellkopf Field.
An accomplished student, athlete, and campus leader who was committed to helping those less fortunate than he was, George lived by the motto that “well done is better than well said.” Taking this to heart, George planned to serve with Teach for America on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation following his graduation.
Despite his many academic and athletic accomplishments, George is remembered most for his vibrant personality, his ability to inspire his peers, his willingness to put others before himself, and his desire to help those around him. These were the values that George embodied, and those are the values that the Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation aims to promote and carry on.
About the Foundation
The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation is a public not-for-profit charity that was established in 2007 to honor, celebrate, and memorialize the life, legacy, and dreams of Mario St. George Boiardi. The Foundation’s mission is:
“The empowerment of the next generation through academics and athletics.”
The Foundation raises funds through a series of events that include the 21 Dinner, the 21 Run Ithaca, the 21 Run West, Team 21, and the Boiardi Open Golf Tournament. The proceeds from these events, together with other contributions, are distributed to charitable organizations whose missions align with that of the Foundation. The recipients of the Foundation’s grants embody the selflessness, generosity, compassion, devotion, and love that George is remembered for in the pursuit of their endeavors. Through their efforts, recipients aim to leave every place better than they found it, just as George did. Past grant recipients include Teach For America, the Family Reading Partnership of Ithaca, and Lacrosse for Life. The money raised also supports the Foundation’s Summer Camp Program, providing financial assistance to deserving middle school students who wish to attend academic, athletic, or other educational summer camps.
The Mario St George Boiardi Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax I.D. 26-1141871), and contributions are tax-deducible to the extent allowed by law. For more information, please contact Ian Rosenberger, President, for general information, or Tim Kirchner, CFO, for financial matters. Both can be reached at TheBoiardiFoundation@gmail.com. Please contact the respective event coordinators for details and registration information for upcoming fundraisers.