PRINCETON, N.J. (5/15/14) - Today One Love Foundation, a leading nonprofit dedicated to ending relationship violence in honor of Yeardley Reynolds Love, announced Princeton women’s lacrosse player Colleen Smith as a 2014 Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award finalist.
This prestigious award is given each year to a men’s and women’s Division I lacrosse player who shares the qualities Yeardley Love so humbly displayed.
“Smith’s hard work and leadership made her the backbone of Princeton’s defense,” said Sharon Robinson, One Love Foundation National Advisory Counsel member and former Yale women’s lacrosse captain. “She honors Yeardley’s memory by motivating her teammates each and every day, from playing with a casted hand to making funny and inspirational videos.”
Smith was recently named to the 2014 All Ivy-League team and is a graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.
The Yeardley Reynolds Love ("YRL") Unsung Hero Award recognizes the accomplishments of a student-athlete who helps his or her team achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. This honor is meaningful because it places value on characteristics that are often undervalued in the competitively charged environment of college lacrosse. The winners will be announced on May 31, 2014, at the Bayhawks game in Annapolis, MD, and will be awarded a donation to a charity of their choice.
Yeardley was given the Betty and Money Yates Unsung Hero Award at the University of Virginia in 2010. This award is given each year to the lacrosse player who best exemplifies dedication and leadership to the team.
The One Love Foundation was established in 2010 by Sharon and Lexie Love, as well as additional family and friends, to honor the memory of Yeardley Reynolds Love. The “One” represents the number Yeardley wore on her jersey during her high school and college lacrosse career. The number has since been retired by the University of Virginia in her memory.