May 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Trey Wilkes, a senior on the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, has been named one of five male finalists for the 2013 Yeardley Reynolds Love ("YRL") Unsung Hero Award, The One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Reynolds Love, announced Wednesday.
Established in 2011, the YRL Unsung Hero Award celebrates the selfless acts of initiative and commitment performed by Division I lacrosse players. These outstanding student-athletes are recognized based on the following criteria: dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship. The award winners (one female, one male) will be announced in late-May, leading up to the culmination of the NCAA lacrosse season.
Formerly given to lacrosse players in the ACC Conference, the award became open to all Division I programs this year. The award recognizes accomplishments of student-athletes who help their team achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. The honor is meaningful because it places value on characteristics that are often undervalued in the competitively charged environment of college athletics.
Wilkes has a vocal presence in the locker room and is looked at as a leader among his teammates. He is active in the community, both in Columbus and near his hometown of Ijamsville, Md. Wilkes is one of the first Buckeyes to volunteer when opportunities arise, donating his time to various causes including the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, the 2nd and 7 Foundation, the World War II Honor Flight activities, the Heinzerling Foundation and Lacrosse the Nations. When Ohio State hosted the Operation Military Kids Hero Camp, Wilkes was one of the main organizers of the lacrosse team's participation. On campus, he is a peer educator who speaks to various varsity teams on campus about current issues, including balancing athletics and academics and the social responsibilities of college student-athletes. A faceoff specialist, he puts his team and teammates first. Wilkes is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, as well as an Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-ECAC choice. He leads the ECAC and is in the Top 10 nationally in faceoff winning percentage this season.
Information on the finalists is available online: JoinOneLove.org/UnsungHeroes. The group will be featured in the June issue of Inside Lacrosse magazine, the award's media partner. The other male finalists are Jason Crane (Loyola), Frankie Kelly (North Carolina), Jason Noble (Cornell) and Shane Warner (Binghamton). The female finalists are Jackie Mercer (Temple), Ellen Shaffrey (William & Mary), Molly Shawhan (Notre Dame), Zoe Skinner (North Carolina) and Alex Zaugra (Delaware).
Wilkes and the Buckeyes are in Geneva, N.Y., for the ECAC Championship. The 10-3 Buckeyes, seeded No. 3, will take on No. 2 seed Loyola at 8 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Networks, Fox College Sports and Fuel TV. Links for live stats and a live radio feed can be found on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse gameday page: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday.
About the One Love Foundation:
The One Love Foundation was co-founded by Sharon and Lexie Love in May 2010 to honor their daughter and sister, Yeardley Reynolds Love, a University of Virginia student-athlete who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. The One Love Foundation's primary mission is to end Relationship Violence through education and technology. In September 2012, One Love launched its "Be 1 for Change" campaign to heighten public awareness and perception of the Relationship Violence epidemic in the United States. The organization supports its mission through core values Yeardley exemplified; Education, Service, Kindness, Dedication, Humility and Sportsmanship. For more information, visit JoinOneLove.org or follow www.Twitter.com/JoinOneLove.