Navy’s Brady Dove Named Finalist for the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy senior lacrosse standout Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) has been named a finalist for the 2017 Yeardley Reynolds Love (YRL) Unsung Hero Award it was announced by The One Love Foundation on Wednesday. Dove joins four men - Liam Driscoll (Holy Cross), Tyler Pfister (Ohio State), Mark Rizzo (North Carolina) and Ryan Lukacovic (Virginia) - and five women - Maddie Curley (Boston University), Katie Burgee (Ohio State), Alina Atayan (Marquette), Lauren D’Amore (Penn) and Abigail Finkelston (Princeton) - as the 10 finalists who were chosen from an extensive applicant pool.
The award recognizes the accomplishments of two Div. 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. The winners of the award will be announced May 22.
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.”
“Being selected as a finalist for this prestigious award is an honor,” said Dove, who will graduate from the Naval Academy next Friday and will be commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. “At the same time, each of the finalists plays a role in showing how the sport of lacrosse can provide a positive impact within the community and among its members. I believe everyone should play the sport for more than just the sport itself. I find being able to impact the community in a positive way is as rewarding as winning a game.”
Over the last two years, Dove has played an instrumental role in Navy’s collaboration with Team IMPACT and the family of six-year-old Grayson Osborne. Team IMPACT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 900 children with collegiate teams at over 400 institutions in 45 states, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 25,000 student-athletes.
Diagnosed with a brain tumor just before his second birthday, Osborne became an honorary member of the Navy lacrosse team two years ago. Making weekly appearances at practices, a bond was made between Dove and Osborne early on. A four-time All-Patriot League faceoff selection, Dove finds most of the day-to-day honing of his skills on the sidelines where the specialists match-up against one another. It also lends to more interaction with Osborne as he cheers on the team from the sideline and often helps coach up the specialists as a guest starter with his whistle in tow.
The relationship between Dove and Osborne has grown into an unbreakable bond that has witnessed countless acts of kindness on the part of Dove. Most recently, Dove laid the ground work to extend a request to fellow collegiate FOGOs and team captains from the Naval Academy to create a video wishing Osborne a speedy recovery after he had fallen ill and was hospitalized. More than 15 players / teams responded with well wishes for Osborne, who is back home with his family.
“I hope Brady wins the YRL Unsung Hero Award ... but if he does not, the impact he has made will still last a lifetime,” said Dan Osborne, Grayson’s father. “He has changed the lives of our family. It means so much that our children have had a real life hero.”
Established in 2010 to honor the memory of former Virginia women’s 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 and almost 60 million have viewed the #ThatsNotLove campaign on social media. For more information about the One Love Foundation, please visit joinonelove.org.
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