YEARDLEY REYNOLDS LOVE STATUE UNVEILING AT US LACROSSE HEADQUARTERS
New York, NY (June 24, 2020) — To commemorate ten years since the passing of Yeardley Reynolds Love, her likeness has been memorialized as a statue outside US Lacrosse national headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. A plaque on the memorial reads, “In honor of Yeardley Reynolds Love who exemplified kindness throughout her life and continues to inspire us all through the work of the One Love Foundation.” The words of famed author Margaret Mead follow: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Mead’s quote acts as a guiding principle for the One Love Foundation—the organization founded in honor of Love, who wore number one on the University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team. Just three weeks before her college graduation, Yeardley was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Her family learned during the trial that her death could have been prevented had they recognized the signs of an abusive relationship. To date, the nonprofit organization has educated more than 1.1 million young people through in-person workshops and reached more than 100 million online with the signs of unhealthy and healthy relationship behaviors.
“I am so moved by how many people have stepped up to support One Love,” said Sharon Love, One Love founder and mother of Yeardley Love. “The future generation are the changemakers, and I am so proud to see them working to stop relationship abuse.”
US Lacrosse is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse which coordinates all activities of the U.S. National Teams Program, and has nearly 450,000 members across the country. Brian Hanlon of Hanlon Studios created the sculpture and Bill Seal provided landscaping services. For more information on the One Love Foundation, visit joinonelove.org.