BRONXVILLE, NY. – Sonia Olson of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse Team earned the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, an honor given only to six student-athletes who help their collegiate lacrosse teams achieve success on and off the field. Recipients are chosen from men's and women's Division I, II, and III programs for their athleticism, community service, leadership, kindness, and sportsmanship.
Olson has helped bring college education to women in prison and aided survivors of sex trafficking, all while serving as a leader for her team. Halfway through this past season, the Pitzer student was diagnosed with cancer, but she still showed her support to the team while undergoing chemotherapy. According to Head Coach Sarah Queener, Olson has continually cheered on her teammates to play harder, honor the game, and reminded them that they should feel lucky to still be able to play the sport of lacrosse. The then-junior credits the game of lacrosse for giving her strength through this tough process.
The YRL Unsung Hero Award was created in 2011 in honor of Yeardley Love, a Division I lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, who was tragically killed by her ex-boyfriend just 3 weeks shy of her graduation.
"We're excited to honor this year's winners, who not only embody One Love's passion and vision for a healthier future but personify the kindness and positivity that defined Yeardley," said Sharon Robinson, Yeardley's cousin and head of the YRL Unsung Hero Award committee. "Their enthusiasm and commitment to sportsmanship and paying it forward make them true pillars of their community. I know Yeardley would be proud."