Family Reading Partnership

21 Run and Story Walk

A partnership project of:
Cornell Menís Lacrosse Team
Individuals, families and businesses in our community

hundreds of runnders at the Cornell Plantations

Hundreds of runners participate in the 5K run in memory of #21 Cornell Men's Lacrosse player George Boiardi

Project Background

On a beautiful spring day in May 2005, hundreds of people gathered at Cornell University Plantations to honor the memory of the late Mario St. George Boiardi, a great Cornell Men's Lacrosse player (jersey #21) and team captain, and an extraordinary human being. While the crowd of runners sped off on a 5K course, families with young children took a quiet stroll along the 1K Story Walk set up by the Family Reading Partnership.

Young Boiardi died unexpectedly in a lacrosse game in 2004. Exceptional in many ways, he intended to dedicate his life to teaching and planned to head off after graduation to a South Dakota Indian reservation to work with children. Georgeís fellow lacrosse players planned this annual event to benefit local literacy efforts including the Family Reading Partnership.


Students and other individuals collect pledges and then participate in a 5K run, with proceeds going to benefit local literacy efforts. Families with young children can enjoy the day by walking along a 1K path lined with storybook stations where they can engage in book making activities, hear books read aloud, and try on costumes of book characters. Local businesses donate food and prizes.