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Shane Warner One Of Five Finalists For YRL ‘Unsung Hero’ Award
May 2, 2013
Vestal, NY—Senior men’s lacrosse player Shane Warner has recently been named a finalist for the Yeardley Reynolds Love (“YRL”) Unsung Hero Award. Run by the ‘One Love Foundation’, the award goes to one male and one female Division I collegiate lacrosse student-athlete who is ‘hard-working, humble, honest, kind, and enthusiastic; this individual serves as an inspiration to her/his team both on the field and off’. The award is given in honor of former University of Virginia student-athlete Yeardley Love who was tragically murdered in 2010.
“I would like to thank the Yeardley Love Foundation for considering me in a group of such great players, but even more importantly great people,” Warner said. “If I was able to portray the characteristics of Yeardley during my time here at Binghamton, than I know that I had a positive influence on my teammates.”
Warner joins four other male athletes in the running for the award. The four other finalists joining Shane hail from Cornell, Loyola Univ., North Carolina and Ohio State. The Tomkins Cove, NY native fully demonstrates what the award is all about. A captain and team leader on the Bearcats, Warner has been a student-athlete who exhibits class and integrity both on and off the field. A standout two-way player on the lacrosse field, he also makes the university proud with his contributions in the classroom and the community.
Currently boasting a cumulative 3.80 GPA as a double major in History and Comparative Literature, Warner has made the dean’s list each and every semester at Binghamton. Recently, he was chosen to be part of the America East All-Academic squad and has been inducted into numerous honor societies that include: The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Chi Alpha Omega National College Athlete Honor Society and the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization.
In the community, Shane has devoted numerous hours to giving back. He’s been both a camp counselor and volunteer coach at numerous lacrosse camps in his spare time over the summer. This past fall, he was a mentor in the College For Every Student program, giving students from West Middle High School in Binghamton, NY the tutoring and encouragement needed to succeed in the classroom.
His biggest contribution may have been this past summer when he visited Uganda for two weeks with the ‘Fields of Growth’ lacrosse program. Warner helped teach youngsters about the game of lacrosse in daily clinics, coached the Ugandan national lacrosse team in training sessions and most importantly volunteered his time to making a difference. Shane and a handful of other student-athletes visited orphanages, schools and towns in need to provide any assistance. He helped continue the construction of the ‘Hopeful School’ in Masaka, which provides education to children in need. Since returning from his trip, he has stayed committed to the cause by giving back. Earlier this semester, he and his Binghamton teammates donated over $600 to the organization in a fundraising effort.
To learn more about the ‘One Love’ Organization visit here.