May 15, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT
University of Delaware redshirt freshman Elyse Andrews contributed to a great cause earlier in the 2014 season after she helped design tee shirts for teammates to wear prior to the Blue Hens’ CAA matchup with James Madison on April 11. This was special because Delaware and JMU were sporting the tees and raising profits to honor Yeardley Reynolds Love, a former University of Virginia standout, as well as the organization created in her honor — the One Love Foundation.
On Tuesday, Andrews was recognized by the One Love Foundation as a finalist for the 2014 Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award. The non-profit group is dedicated to ending relationship violence while the award was created in 2011 and is given to one male and female Division I lacrosse player that shares similar qualities that Yeardley is still remembered for.
Andrews, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, was named to the All-CAA Academic team this spring and is majoring in medical diagnostics. She played in two games for the Blue Hens, though her efforts and team-wide commitment set her a part. Andrews also is minoring in Spanish and biology and is involved with many groups off campus, including Delaware Christian Athletes, Alpha Phi Omega, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was recently awarded the University of Delaware Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences Alumni Sophomore Award.
Sharon Robinson, who works for the One Love Foundation as a national advisory counsel member, commented on Andrews in a official release on Tuesday.
“Elyse honors Yeardley’s memory by inspiring her teammates to give all they have on the field, in the classroom, and in their community,” Robinson said. “She leads by example with her 3.9 GPA and volunteer efforts at the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and the local food bank.”
Andrews will find out if she won the award on May 31 and will have a chance to make a donation to a charity of her choice if elected. To learn more about Yeardley and the One Love Foundation, visit joinonelove.com.
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