Members of the Genesee Community College athletics department gathered together this week in tribute to Yeardley Love.
As a University of Virginia (UVA) student-athlete women's lacrosse team member, Love was tragically lost as a result of an unhealthy, dangerous and abusive relationship.
Since her passing, a foundation in her honor – One Love – has comprised a mission statement that reads: "One Love empowers students to take action in the movement to end relationship violence."
According to the foundation's website: "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. 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. 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."
More information can be found at: www.joinonelove.org