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Students Support Yards for Yeardley Fun Run

The girls lacrosse team participates in the 5K at Pace on Oct. 19 that was sponsored by the One Love organization. Photo: Mary Childs Hall

Do you know the signs of a healthy versus an unhealthy relationship? On Oct. 7, Pace high school students learned about the organization One Love, which aims to educate people about relationships and teach them how to love better.

In their morning assembly presentation to the Upper School, One Love facilitators provided interactive and thought-provoking situations and encouraged students to discuss their thoughts with the students sitting around them. Through this workshop, students learned ten signs of a healthy relationship and ten signs of an unhealthy relationship. 

Sharon Love founded the One Love organization in 2010 to honor her daughter Yeardley Love, who lost her life at the hands of her former boyfriend. To support the One Love organization, Pace hosted Yards for Yeardley, a 5-kilometer fun run that upper school students took part in on Oct. 19.

“I had a really great time at the fun run this weekend and I think it was important for everyone to come out because it was for a good cause,” said senior Mae Shippen. “One Love gave out all of this cute gear, like bracelets and water bottles, to the students who ran.” 

The Pace community has close ties with the Love family. Yeardley Love passed away three months before graduating from the University of Virginia and played an important role on her lacrosse team during her time there. Pace varsity girls lacrosse coach and UVA alumna Molly Millard was a close friend and teammate of Yeardley and encouraged the Pace team to come out and support the event. The girls indeed showed out and were joined by UVA alumni. 

The race’s atmosphere generated enthusiasm and excitement, despite the somber event behind the race. “One Love facilitators played fun music, and even some parents came out to watch the race which was exciting,” said sophomore Carly Appel. Starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Inman Center track, the race lasted about an hour and everyone ran at different speeds. The casual atmosphere allowed for walkers to participate as well.


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