Unsung Hero Award

About the Award

The Yeardley Reynolds Love ("YRL") Unsung Hero Award recognizes the accomplishments of two student-athletes who help their teams achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. This honor places value on characteristics that are often undervalued in the competitively charged environment of college lacrosse. The Award recognizes the athlete who makes a significant contribution to the team while also bringing joy to teammates. The award recipients exhibit leadership as a positive role model and also are involved in community service. The recipients are awarded a sum of money from the One Love Foundation to be given to their favorite charity.

2016 Finalists

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Brennan Donville

Cornell University

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Bridget Vilbig

Ohio State University

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Connor McKemey

High Point University

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Elijah Conte

University of Delaware

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James Chakey

Penn State University

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Joseph Radin

Marist College

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Kara Stroup

Temple University

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Meagan Gulmi

University of Cincinnati

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Maddie Kiep

Cornell University

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Mary-Sean Wilcox

University of Florida

2016 Winners

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Kara Stroup

Kara Stroup is a 2016 graduate and was a starting defender and captain of the Temple Women’s Lacrosse team. In addition to being a motivated and determined student-athlete, she is also a courageous advocate for mental health awareness. Kara struggled with depression and an eating disorder for many years in high school. With counseling and medical treatment, she has recovered, and has bravely shared her story with others in the hopes of breaking down the stigma around mental disorders. In doing so, she has been an inspiration to her team and the whole Temple community.
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Elijah Conte

A survivor of childhood cancer, Elijah Conte is a 2016 graduate of the University of Delaware, and a tri-captain and defenseman on the men’s lacrosse team. A lifelong athlete, Elijah has become an amazing role model for young people, and has used his platform as a student-athlete to help others. Elijah has forged special friendships with young cancer patients fighting a similar battle to his earlier experience, and has led his team’s efforts in raising money for the Headstrong Foundation. He also volunteers with McVey Mentoring and the B+ Foundation. Elijah is a true inspiration to all those who meet him.

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