LOS ANGELES (April. 3, 2019) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) is pleased to announce that the league has partnered with the Tewaaraton Foundation on a multi-year deal to become the exclusive professional lacrosse partner of the legendary Tewaaraton Award.
The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse players. Starting this year, the PLL will serve as the presenter of the five men’s Finalists, which will be announced May 9 in a live-streamed event. These finalists are invited to the Tewaaraton Ceremony on May 30, 2019 in Washington, DC where the recipients will be announced. The PLL will recognize both male and female recipients of the 2019 Tewaaraton Award during a yet-to-be-announced game weekend during the regular season.
As part of the partnership, the PLL and the Tewaaraton Foundation will jointly launch a special campaign honoring the Heritage of Lacrosse. This initiative will educate players, staff and fans about the Native roots of lacrosse while also producing original content on the sport’s creation, working with the Tewaaraton Foundation to raise awareness and appreciation for the sport’s legacy.
“The Tewaaraton Award is the highest honor given out in collegiate lacrosse and we are both humbled and privileged to work alongside the foundation to recognize these exceptional athletes,” said PLL Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Paul Rabil. “This partnership also emphasizes the importance of the game’s historic origins. Together, we will educate the next generation of players and fans of the game’s Native traditions while bringing attention to some of the pioneers of lacrosse who evolved the sport into what it is today.”
“We are proud to make this long-term commitment to the PLL,” said Jeffrey Harvey, Chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. “Paul Rabil is in a class by himself as a leader in the game of lacrosse and he, along with Mike Rabil, have gathered an impressive group of committed partners. They understand the mission and values of the Tewaaraton Foundation which goes beyond the award. The PLL is going to be a platform to celebrate this great game and we could not be more excited for its inaugural season.”
ABOUT PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) brings the sport of lacrosse to a national stage for the first time through a tour-based model, complete with the best players the sport has to offer. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the Chernin Group, and Blum Capital. The PLL season will begin in June 2019 with six teams embarking on a 14-week season that concludes with a playoff and PLL Championship Game. The PLL season will be distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Sports Group. For more information, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter (@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague), and YouTube (YouTube.com/PLL).
ABOUT THE TEWAARATON FOUNDATION
The Tewaaraton Foundation is a 501c3 with a mission to honor the Native American heritage of the game of lacrosse through its annual award, scholarships and educational content. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. The award is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage and was founded at The University Club of Washington DC. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit www.tewaaraton.com, and follow on social media: Instagram (@Tewaaraton), Twitter (@Tewaaraton), and Facebook (@Tewaaraton).