Join the University of Alabama Women's Lacrosse team and the One Love Foundation in raising awareness in the: Race Against Domestic Violence!
Who is the One Love Foundation?
The One Love Foundation works with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse and activate communities to work to change the statistics around relationship violence. Founded by Sharon Love [mother of Yeardley Love] a senior lacrosse player at the Univeristy of Virginia who was killed by her ex-boyfriend,The One Love Foundation works with lacrosse teams all over the country to raise awareness for it's cause.
The "One Love" Yeardley Love Story:
To know Yeardley was to love her - she was happy, kind, hard-working, humble, honest, fun, and enthusiastic. Yards, as we called her, grew up in Baltimore, MD with her older sister Lexie and attended St. Joseph’s School and Notre Dame Preparatory School. She was a four-time letter winner at NDP in both field hockey and lacrosse. In addition to her schoolwork and athletic endeavors, she always gave of herself to others, enjoying working with underprivileged children and the elderly. Mary Bartel, NDP's lacrosse coach, explains "Yeardley was the core personality of our team. She was our laughter, a good soul. She always knew how to lighten things up."
During her high school years, Yeardley's father sustained a long battle with cancer, and he died in 2003. To honor their father, Yeardley and Lexie vowed to live their lives to the fullest and to make him proud. As such, Yeardley fulfilled her dream to go to the University of Virginia (UVA), where she majored in government and minored in Spanish, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and a member of the nationally ranked UVA women's lacrosse team. UVA's lacrosse coach, Julie Myers, said that "Yeardley was the player who always made everyone feel better. What I will always remember about her is her smile and her readiness to play anything we asked of her.”
Yeardley lived her life with integrity, gratitude and honesty -- and lots of laughter. She saw the best in everyone, and was always there to give a helping hand. Her leadership on her lacrosse team and at school resonated with her friends and peers. All of the work we do at the One Love Foundation celebrates and honors the positive spirit and kindness that Yeardley personified. We are committed not only to honoring Yeardley’s memory, but also to saving others from suffering the same fate. Our work is rooted in our honest belief that relationship violence is an epidemic that can be stopped when young adults are educated and empowered to affect change in their communities.