Yeardley Reynolds Love
“Yards”: Kind. Smart. Respectful. Caring. Fun loving. Generous. Ambitious. Athletic. Compassionate. Funny….Hilarious
Yeardley Love was born on July 17, 1987 to John and Sharon Love. Yeardley Love grew up in Baltimore, MD, and after attending St. Joseph’s Elementary School, attended middle and high school at Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP). At NDP, she was a member of the varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams all four years of high school and was an All-County lacrosse player in 2006. Yeardley Love was admitted to the University of Virginia (UVA), where she majored in government and minored in Spanish. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. As a member of the UVA women’s lacrosse team, Yeardley Love won two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles, played in a Final Four and her teams were consistently ranked in the top 10 of collegiate women’s lacrosse. Yeardley Love wore # 1 as a lacrosse player at both NDP and UVA. The One Love Foundation is named for the number she wore, her last name and the way “Yards” lived her life.
As a child she wrote, “My parents taught me many values in life, and they always made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.” She and her older sister Lexie laughed together often but soon faced a challenge they did not expect. Their dad was diagnosed with cancer and they stood firmly with their mom, Sharon, in caring for him through a long illness. Yeardley Love learned to give of herself and took that lesson into her short life with an abundance of love, humor and optimism. Their dad, John, passed away in 2003 and both her and her sister, Lexie, vowed to live their lives to the fullest and make their dad proud.
Yeardley and Lexie have always made me so proud, and now the torch has been passed to just Lexie and me. It is our turn to make Yeardley proud and we will do our very best.
Yeardley Love gave of herself to others, and enjoyed working particularly with both underprivileged children and the elderly. Mary Bartel, NDP’s lacrosse coach says “Yeardley was the core personality of the team. She was our laughter, a good soul. She always knew how to lighten things up.” UVA’s coach, Julie Myers, mirrors that comment: “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.” She was a real person, who lived her life with integrity, gratitude and honesty yet often with a touch of humor and intent to make others laugh. She saw the best in everyone.
Yeardley Love wrote in an eighth grade essay “So far my life has been filled with joy and happiness, and I hope to keep living my life that way.” Tragically, that wonderful dream was cut short. It is the goal of the One Love Foundation to honor Yeardley Love by supporting those causes where, if given the chance, she certainly would have made an important difference.