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Coach Richard F. Lawless Spirit Award


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The Coach Richard F. Lawless Spirit Award is presented to the International Colonials player who displays outstanding skill, sportsmanship and leadership on our New England tour. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 Lawless Awards reside in Milan, Italy on the walls of three talented point guards referred to us from the excellent Olimpia Milano Junior program. This summer the award moved north where it will grace the wall of Kenan Sarvan, 16, our impressive 6'8" forward from Heeze in the Netherlands.


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New England Colonials co-founder Dick Lawless (L) and Coach George Beard present the 2015 Spirit Award to Filippo Rossi of Milan, Italy after the team's final game at Westwood High School on July 13. The Lawless Award recognizes the International Colonials player who has demonstrated outstanding play, leadership and sportsmanship throughout the team's New England Tour.


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New England Colonials co-founder Dick Lawless presents the 2014 Spirit Award to Carlo Fumagalli of Milan after the team's final game at Westwood High School. The Lawless Award recognizes the International Colonials player who has demonstrated outstanding play and sportsmanship throughout the New England Tour. Carlo will return home to play for Olimpia Milano, one of Italy's top basketball clubs.


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Colonials co-founder Coach Dick Lawless presents the 2013 Spirit Award to Alberto Navarini, 16, of Milan after the team's final game at Brookline High School. The Lawless Award recognizes the International Colonials player who has demonstrated outstanding play and sportsmanship throughout the New England Tour. Alberto is our program's first player from Italy.


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Colonials coach and co-founder Dick Lawless presents the 2012 Spirit Award to International Colonials player Medas Kuprijanovas of Lithuania. At 15, Medas is the youngest International Colonials' player ever to receive this award which recognizes his outstanding contribution as a player, a teammate, and as a young ambassador for Lithuania.



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Colonials co-founder and longtime coach, Richard Lawless, presents the 2011 award to Matts Urnberg of Finland at Medfield High School.


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George Beard, 17, of Liss, England received a leadership award for his outstanding work as the 2012 International Colonials captain.


Twomey Award 1999-2010


From 1999 to 2010, the Peter M. Twomey Spirit Award was presented each summer to the International Colonials' player who demonstrated a high level of play, leadership, and sportsmanship over the team's New England tour.

The Peter M. Twomey
2010 Spirit Award
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Ott Krusell of Rapla, Estonia is presented the 2010 Peter M. Twomey Memorial Spirit Award by Colonials founder and coach Richard Lawless at the International Colonials team's final game on July 13. Ott, a sharp-shooting point guard, received the award for his outstanding play and sportsmanship throughout the IntCols New England tour. Upon returning home, Ott will join Estonia's national team for a tournament in Tel Aviv.

The Peter M. Twomey
2009 Spirit Award
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Coach Florian Duck (r) of Baden, Austria presents the 2009 Twomey Award to Vincent Van Nes of Dorchester, England. Vince will attend the Northfield Mount Hermon School in western Massachusetts this fall.

The Peter M. Twomey
2008 Spirit Award
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Nigel van Oostrum of Sheffield, England receives the 2008 Peter M. Twomey Spirit Award for his outstanding play in the 9th annual Peter M. Twomey Memorial game played at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School on July 10. Nigel will be attending Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania this fall.

L-R: Stacia Twomey, Gilda Twomey, Nigel van Oostrum, and Greg Twomey.

The Peter M. Twomey
2007 Spirit Award
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2007 Peter M. Twomey Spirit Award
Martin Milling of Rapla, Estonia receives the 2007 Peter M. Twomey Spirit Award for his outstanding play in the 8th annual Peter M. Twomey Memorial game played at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School on July 11. Martin is the first player from Estonia to play for the International Colonials.

(L-R) Greg Twomey, Martin Milling, Joe Twomey, and
Dan Twomey.


The Peter M. Twomey
2006 Spirit Award
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Members of the Twomey family present Sean Kilmartin of Dublin, Ireland the 2006 Peter M. Twomey Spirit Award for his outstanding play in the annual Peter M. Twomey Memorial game held in Groton, MA on July 10.
The Peter M. Twomey
2005 Spirit Award
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Members of the Twomey Family
present the 2005 Peter M. Twomey Spirit Award
to Max Graf, 16, of Vienna, Austria.
Max was instrumental in leading the IntCols to
a stunning come-from-behind overtime win
in their final game of the '05 tour.


The Peter M. Twomey
2004 Spirit Award
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Joe and Greg Twomey present the 2004 Peter M. Twomey Spirit Award to David Harder, 16, of Denmark for his outstanding play in the annual Peter M. Twomey Memorial Game.

The Peter M. Twomey
2003 Spirit Award
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(L-R): Joe Twomey, Tom Lidén, Greg Twomey

Joe Twomey and his son Greg (Colonials '01) present Tom Lidén of Sweden with the 2003 award in Groton, Mass. Tom, 16, plays for the Sodertalje Squires and the Swedish National team. Tom is an outstanding student with an interest in math and science.


The Peter M. Twomey
2002 Spirit Award

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2002 Twomey Spirit Award
(L-R):Greg Twomey, Andrej Vuktic of Prague, Joe Twomey


The Peter M. Twomey
2001 Spirit Award


Oystein Skaug Aukland of Oslo, Norway was the first recipient of the Twomey Award in July of 2001. "Auk" is currently in a PG year at Phillips Andover Academy where he's also playing football (which explains the chin bandage).

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