Yeardley Love's family creates foundation in her honor

  • Police Chief Tim Longo said during a news conference that 22-year-old Yeardley Love's body was found early Monday, May 3, 2010 in her Charlottesville apartment by a roommate. Longo says police were originally responding to a possible alcohol overdose, but quickly discovered it was something worse.
Police Chief Tim Longo said during a news conference that 22-year-old… (AP photo )
September 30, 2010|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

The family of Yeardley Love, the Cockeysville native and University of Virginia lacrosse player who was killed last spring, has created a foundation in her memory.

The Yeardley Reynolds Love Foundation Inc., also known as the One Love Foundation, is initially working to memorialize the scholar-athlete with the construction of the Yeardley Reynolds Love Turf Field at her alma mater, Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson, and with the creation of a scholarship in her name.

The field will cost about $1 million to build and maintain and will replace a regulation playing field on the campus. The high school has received about 20 percent of that cost in donations made in Love's name, said Cami Colarossi, Notre Dame Prep spokeswoman. Plans call for converting the existing grass field to one with artificial turf, she said.

A family member has also helped negotiate a match challenge from the Charles T. Bauer Foundation. The Houston-based charitable foundation will match, up to $500,000, all money donated to the field effort by Dec. 15. Those funds will endow the scholarship, which will provide full tuition every four years for a deserving student to attend Notre Dame Prep.

"Those inspired to give to the field will help two projects instead of one," Colarossi said.

The foundation also plans to help children participate in service programs in their communities and focus on bringing together high school athletes and underprivileged children, possibly through the game of lacrosse.

"The mission of the foundation is to encourage and develop in children and young adults four qualities of character that Yeardley exemplified … service, kindness, humility and sportsmanship … that together add up to One Love," Sharon Love, Yeardley's mother, said in a statement Wednesday. "The foundation would like to 'bring out the Yeardley' in everyone by igniting the spirit of One Love in children and young adults, encouraging them to choose a path of goodness."

Love wore the number 1 when playing for the lacrosse team at the University of Virginia.

Love, 22, was found beaten to death May 3 in her apartment in Charlottesville, Va. Her former boyfriend, Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely V, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

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