Mark Rizzo is one of five finalists for the YRL Unsung Hero Award.
Mark Rizzo is one of five finalists for the YRL Unsung Hero Award.
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One Love Foundation Announces Unsung Heroes Award Finalists
Release: 05/18/2017

Bronxville, N.Y.  – One Love is pleased to announce the finalists for the prestigious Yeardley Reynolds Love (YRL) Unsung Hero Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of two Division I lacrosse players (one male, one female) who demonstrate dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship – all qualities that Yeardley Love exemplified throughout her life. These student-athletes make a significant contribution to the team in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls.

Among this year's finalists if Mark Rizzo of the University of North Carolina men's lacrosse program.  Mark is the second Tar Heel to be a finalist for this presygious award, joining Frankie Kelly in 2013.

Read Mark Rizzo's biography here.

Sharon Robinson, Vice Chair of One Love and Yeardley's cousin, explains “We created this award to honor the qualities that Yeardley exemplified - service, kindness, and a positive spirit.  We are thrilled to highlight these exceptional student-athletes as positive leaders in their communities.  Each of them has contributed to their teams and their broader communities in a meaningful way, and together they represent the ideals of collegiate athletics."

Numerous schools submitted nominations for the award, and all of the student-athletes who were nominated are very impressive candidates. Ten finalists were chosen from the applicant pool and they will be announced throughout next week on the dates listed below. The two award winners will be announced on May 22, 2017.

Monday, 5/15

Liam Driscoll, Holy Cross

Maddie Curley, Boston University

Tuesday, 5/16

Tyler Pfister, Ohio State University

Katie Burgee, Ohio State University

 Wednesday, 5/17

Brady Dove, US Naval Academy

Alina Atayan, Marquette University

 Thursday, 5/18

Mark Rizzo, University of North Carolina

Lauren D'Amore, University of Pennsylvania

Friday, 5/19

Ryan Lukacovic, University of Virginia

Abigail Finkelston, Princeton University

The foundation would like to congratulate the above student-athletes for their dedication and commitment to their teams and to their broader communities.


Founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, One Love's mission is to end relationship abuse by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and empowering them to be leaders driving change in their communities. Over the last two years, more than 130,000 young people in communities across the country have participated in the Escalation Workshop and almost 60 million have viewed the #ThatsNotLove campaign on social media. For more information, please visit

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