Liam Driscoll Wins Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award
The award recognizes the accomplishments of one male and one female lacrosse student-athlete who helps their teams achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. The award recognizes the student-athlete who makes a significant contribution to the team while also bringing joy to teammates. The award recipients exhibit leadership as a positive role model and also are involved in community service. Abby Finkelston of Princeton also won the award.
The recipients are awarded a special bowl and a sum of money from the One Love Foundation to be given to their favorite charity. The One Love Foundation will donate to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program on behalf of Driscoll.
“It is an honor to present Liam Driscoll and Abby Finkelston with the 2017 YRL Unsung Hero Award,“ said Yeardley's cousin and Committee Member Gregg Langhoff. “Liam and Abby have demonstrated what it means to be an unsung hero. The work they've done in their communities exemplifies what a fully rounded student-athlete can accomplish. ”
Driscoll has been a community leader during his time as a Crusader. He has been a Big Brother to a little brother from the Canterbury School. Driscoll has also ridden each year in the 25-mile annual Rodman Ride for Kids and coordinated the team's efforts to raise over $30,000 during his time at Holy Cross for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Driscoll also organized a toy drive that raised over $300 worth of gifts this past December. Driscoll has been the program's leader for Team Impact, won the Crusaders Against Cancer 5k in 2016 and the Working for Worcester 5k in 2014 as each event raised money and awareness for local Worcester charities, volunteered at St. Mary's Health Center, taught CCD at St. John's and went on an Agape Community Immersion Trip in the fall.
“As members of the Holy Cross Lacrosse team, we are called to be 'men for others' in the Worcester community, in the classroom and on the lacrosse field,” said Driscoll. “This standard demands a commitment to serve others, compassion for our neighbors and a relentless work ethic every day. I am humbled to be a winner of this award, presented by an outstanding organization. The One Love Foundation does an extraordinary job of educating young people about relationship abuse. This is a critical issue that we need to shed light on moving forward.“
"Liam possesses superior leadership qualities that make him an inspiration for his peers on and off the field,” said Holy Cross head Judd Lattimore. “He is truly a man for others through his extensive service involvement and overall selflessness. It is such an honor for our program to be associated with an award that is named after Yeardley Love. Her legacy lives on the through the important message that the One Love Foundation continues to convey and we support all of their amazing work.”
The One Love Foundation was established in 2010 in honor of former University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Reynolds 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 including the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team and almost 60 million have viewed the #ThatsNotLove campaign on social media. For more information, please visit www.joinonelove.org.
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