Yeardley’s story as told by her mother
Yeardley Love 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. Yards, as we called her, grew up in Baltimore, MD with her older sister Lexie. Yeardley loved lacrosse and, in addition to her schoolwork and athletic endeavors, she always gave of herself to others, enjoying working with underprivileged children and the elderly.
“Yeardley was the core of the personality of the team. She was our laughter, a good soul. She always found an appropriate way to lighten things up,” said Mary Bartel, who coached lacrosse at Notre Dame Prep. “I don’t think there is a person in this building who couldn’t say her name without smiling. Yeardley loved NDP, and NDP loved her. She was a good soul and an outstanding athlete.”
–Mary Bartel (Yeardley’s Friend)
“When I think about my time with Yeardley I smile because she was simply the best. She had the ability to make you feel like you were the only one in the room when talking to her. She was one of the most kind, thoughtful, and compassionate people I have ever met. I feel extremely grateful to have called her a friend.”
–Steele Stanwick (Yeardley’s Friend)
“Yeardley was so well-rounded, and that combination of various positive attributes made her a rare, lovable and exceptional human being. Many of the cliches you hear to describe great people… lit up the room, would drop everything to help someone in need, one of a kind, had a laugh and smile that were contagious… they all truly describe Yards.”
— Catherine Barthelme (Yeardley’s Childhood Friend)
“Humorous, Happy, Compassionate and Pure of Heart. There are many words that come to mind when I think of Yeardley Love, but those resound the most. To know Yeardley, truly was to love her. Her smile and laughter were infectious and beneath her beauty, grace and slender frame lay a silent strength and dogged determination to excel in anything she pursued. For those blessed to have known her, we’ve all been changed for good.”
-Emily Bock (Yeardley’s Childhood Friend)
“Yeardley was so genuine and sincere in every aspect of her life. You could always count on her to have a permanent smile, to be the comic relief in any situation, and to stand out in how much she cared at times when you needed a friend. She was truly one of a kind.”
– Kelly Moran (Yeardley’s Friend)
One Love exists for one reason:
Yeardley Love was killed and her death was avoidable if anyone in her life had truly understood the unhealthy and increasingly dangerous relationship behaviors they were seeing.
At One Love, we believe that the more we know about how to identify and navigate healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, the less likely we will end up in abusive relationships.
The Unsung Hero Awards
The Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award recognizes the accomplishments of two student-athletes each year (one male and one female) who demonstrate dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness, and sportsmanship – all qualities Yeardley exemplified throughout her life.
Each May 3rd we celebrate the life and legacy of Yeardley on #OneLoveGivingDay. It’s an opportunity for everyone to rally their friends and loved ones in the movement to end relationship abuse by educating them about the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship.