Yeardley Love was cherished by the Virginia lacrosse community for her fun-loving attitude and contagious energy. Earlier this month, a statue of the joyous Love was built outside the U.S. Lacrosse national headquarters in Maryland to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of her tragic death.
Love was killed by an abusive ex-boyfriend in 2010 while still a member of the Virginia lacrosse program. The statue, and the One Love Foundation, ensures that her legacy lives on for years to come.
The One Love Foundation, which was created in Love’s honor, helps educate people about the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The organization has educated more than a million young people through educational workshops.
“We are very happy and proud to have Yeardley’s legacy live on through the One Love foundation and are thrilled to have her statue at U.S. Lacrosse,” Sharon Robinson, the One Love Foundation Board Chair and Love’s cousin, said. “Yeardley loved to play lacrosse, and the USL hosts many visitors each year, who we hope will be inspired by the good work of One Love.”
Brian Hanlon, an accomplished sculptor, created the statue of Love.
Hanlon, the official master sculptor for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, reached out about making the sculpture shortly after Love’s death.
The work of art is complete and has a home.
A plaque on Love’s memorial says, “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.”
“I am so moved by how many people have stepped up to support One Love,” Sharon Love, Yeardley’s mother and the founder of One Love, said in statement. “The future generations are the change makers, and I am so proud to see them working to stop relationship abuse.”