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Notre Dame Preparatory School to dedicate Yeardley Love Field on Sept. 9

$1.2 million turf field named in honor of student killed in 2010

Staff Reports

4:21 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

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Notre Dame Preparatory School announced Thursday that the school will dedicate a turf field named in honor of alumna Yeardley Love on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m.

School officials said the ceremony will include prayers and remarks from representatives of Notre Dame Prep and the Love family, as well as readings and music and a blessing of the field.

"Yeardley was both a standout lacrosse player and a standout person," said Sister Patricia McCarron, headmistress at Notre Dame Prep. "This field is a beautiful reminder of her dedication as a player, student and member of the NDP community."

Love, a Cockeysville native, died in May 2010. The University of Virginia student was found dead in her off-campus apartment. Her former boyfriend and fellow U.Va. student, George Huguely V, was convicted in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30.

Fashioned with accents of light and bright blues — which were the colors of Love's Class of 2006 —the state-of-the-art turf field will provide competition space for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer.

More than 18 months in the planning, the $1.2 million turf field was realized through donations to both Notre Dame Preparatory School and the One Love Foundation, which was founded after Love's death.

School officials noted that the project received a boost from The Charles T. Bauer Foundation. In December 2010 for all gifts up to $500,000 made to the Love Turf Field, the Bauer Foundation matched them dollar-for-dollar to create a full, four-year NDP tuition scholarship.

The following year, The Bauer Foundation gave a second gift of $165,000 for the field project.

Notre Dame Prep is located at 815 Hampton Lane, Towson.