COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s lacrosse senior Tyler Pfister and Buckeye women’s lacrosse junior Katie Burgee are two of 10 finalists for the Yeardley Reynolds Love (YRL) Unsung Hero Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of two Division 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.
Burgee, from Churchville, Md., spends much of her free time assisting others volunteering with a variety of community service projects. In addition to working with the Special Olympics, Second & 7, the YMCA, Buckeyes Care and various fundraising events (Alzheimer’s/Diabetes walks), she has worked extensively with a Best Buddies program since becoming involved as a high school freshman. Best Buddies is a nonprofit, international organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a biology major with a medical track and is a certified RNA (Nursing Assistant) who has worked with patients with dementia.
Over the past five years, Pfister, from Columbus, Ohio, has put in more than 70 hours of community service serving over 15 different organizations. While the intention is to make a difference in the lives of those he helps, he said the people he has met through community service have had even more of a positive impact on his life. He will leave an incredible legacy behind in terms of his unselfishness and willingness to do whatever is asked of him with the Buckeye program. Pfister, currently enrolled in graduate school after earning his bachelor’s degree in Spring 2016, was voted to serve as captain by his teammates twice. Pfister, who overcame two separate knee injuries during his time with the Buckeyes, is a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley 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, please visit joinonelove.org.
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