Tilton School's lacrosse teams are joining forces with the One Love Foundation on Yards for Yeardley: A Virtual MOVEment to raise awareness for domestic violence and healthy relationships in memory of Yeardley Love.
On October 26, 2018 Tilton School had the honor of welcoming Whitaker (Whit) Willocks, Head Girls’ Lacrosse coach at Kimball Union Academy and representative of the One Love Foundation, as a First Friday Speaker. Whit played college lacrosse for the University of Virginia, where she was teammates with the late Yeardley Love. Yeardley tragically passed away in 2010, a victim of domestic violence at the hand of her ex-boyfriend, a UVA Mens’ Lacrosse player.
Since Yeardley’s death, her family has started the One Love Foundation with the mission of spreading awareness about relationship abuse.
Why is this important?
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, domestic abuse has risen worldwide. "Movement restrictions aimed to stop the spread of coronavirus may be making violence in homes more frequent, more severe and more dangerous." New York Times
Reports of child abuse and neglect have dropped as mandated reporters are no longer seeing these children on a frequent basis.
What can we do to help?
- Raise awareness.
- Check-in on our friends and family.
- Stay connected even though we are physically distant.
- Support the One Love Foundation.
How is Tilton School participating in Yards for Yeardley?
Starting April 13 and ending on May 3, the Tilton School lacrosse teams will join Kimball Union Academy, other Lakes Region schools, and those across the globe pledging yards they plan to move by May 3.
Lakes Region teams will be competing against each other weekly on "Game Day" by combining the teams' total yards and the winning team will receive double the amount of yardage toward their overall yard total.
On the 10 year anniversary of Yeardley Love's death, May 3, the teams will join in a virtual 5k to celebrate her life and raise awareness.
The mission of the One Love Foundation is one that Tilton School fully supports. At Tilton School, the health and safety of students is the number one priority. This includes promoting healthy relationships and educating students on what that entails. There are several services in place to support the health and well-being of our students. The school employs a full-time counselor, Ms. Angela Juurlink, who is a licensed clinical mental health counselor. She also supervises the Peer Counselor group. This group is nominated by their peers based on each individual's ability to be non-judgmental and supportive to all other students.
About One Love Foundation
One Love educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.
For more information on the One Love Foundation, visit www.joinonelove.org.
For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log into thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.