(Photo provided by Cincinnati Queens Lacrosse Club)
The Cincinnati Queens women's post-collegiate lacrosse team is proud to announce the success of the Third Annual One Love Playday, benefitting the One Love Foundation in memory of Yeardley Love. Hosted by the Queens at the Wyoming Recreation Center on Sunday, October 6, the event raised $3,500, more than five times the funds raised in its inaugural year.
Yeardley Love was a lacrosse player at the University of Virginia in 2010 when she became a fatal victim of relationship violence. The One Love Foundation is established in her memory for initiatives that combat domestic violence, provide equipment grants for underserved sports teams in need and assist other non-profit projects.
Despite rainy and windy weather, seven local teams from the youth, middle school, high school and post-collegiate levels competed in games. There was a great turnout of players' families and fans as well as members of the local lacrosse community. Special guests included Joddy Perry, whose daughter played with Yeardley at University of Virginia. Mrs. Perry shared Yeardley’s story and underscored the importance of spreading awareness and prevention of relationship violence. In addition, a volunteer from Women Helping Women, a local agency supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, was on site to speak to the players and fans about relationship violence.
“It was amazing to see everyone come together in less than stellar conditions,” said Megan Sanders, Event Coordinator with the Cincinnati Queens. “This playday is close to our hearts and it meant a lot to share the memory of Yeardley and educate our youngest players on the perils of relationship violence.”
Support for the event is also came from the Ohio Machine Major League Lacrosse team, Laxland Sporting Goods, UC Women's Lacrosse, Women Helping Women, BeneFIT Studio, Velocity Lacrosse, Cincinnati Royals Lacrosse, Stella and Dot, the One Love Foundation and the Perry Family.
The Cincinnati Queens program was established in 2010 to provide opportunities for women to play lacrosse after college as well as to help raise the profile of the game through community interaction and events.