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May 26, 2010 (Baltimore, MD)— The family of Yeardley Love, who tragically died May 3 at the University of Virginia, has established a memorial fund at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland, where Ms. Love was a stand-out lacrosse and field hockey player, strong student, leader, and volunteer in the Class of 2006. Their hope is that the funds raised will go to build a turf field in her honor.
“We want to forever honor Yeardley and her contributions to Notre Dame as a student, athlete, and friend. We believe that the new turf field will be a great tribute to Yeardley as future generations of students use it,” explained Sharon Love, Ms. Love’s mother. “Notre Dame was such a special place for both Yeardley and her sister Lexie, we are humbled that so many people would like to help NDP to memorialize Yeardley.
Since Ms. Love’s death, her family, friends, classmates, and the general public have sought to pay tribute to this radiant young woman.
“We are honored that the Loves have chosen NDP as the place to remember Yeardley,” says Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., headmistress. “Yeardley’s spirit will be ever present, inspiring present and future NDP students to be the best young women they can be on and off the playing field.”
It is estimated that the turf field project will require $1 million to complete; at present the school has roughly 3% of this goal. Gifts may be made to The Yeardley Love ’06 Memorial Field care of Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD, 21286 or at www.notredameprep.com (click on “Giving”). Or click here to go to the NDP fund directly.
“Yeardley was the core of the personality of the team. She was our laughter… She always found an appropriate way to lighten things up,” said Mary Bartel, who coaches 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.”
Founded in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for 756 girls in grades 6-12. The School Sisters of Notre Dame own and operate the school, which is dedicated to fostering academic excellence, spiritual growth and the practice of social justice.