Atayan a Finalist for YRL Unsung Hero Award

May 17, 2017

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University women’s lacrosse senior Alina Atayan is one of 10 finalists for the Yeardley Reynolds Love (YRL) Unsung Hero Award, presented by the One Love Foundation.

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.

Atayan has dedicated a lot of time to service throughout her communities whether it be in her hometown of Bronxville, N.Y. or around the Milwaukee area. Her loving and caring nature is exemplified through volunteer efforts with programs such as the One Love Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various fun run/walk events that benefit the sick and unfortunate.

She is set to graduate from Marquette University with a degree in nursing, serving as a prime example of her dedication to succeed in living a life of service for those in need.

Atayan has served as committee president in the Marquette women’s lacrosse team’s exhausting efforts to raise money and awareness in the fight against pancreatic cancer. During her four years at Marquette, the team has raised nearly $40,000 toward research and finding a cure for the disease. She has organized collections and distributions of chemotherapy comfort kits for pancreatic cancer patients, educated the team about the pathophysiology of pancreatic cancer, signs and symptoms and implications of the disease as related to the patient and family, while also volunteering at local PanCAN sponsored events.

Since the One Love Foundation was established in 2010, Atayan has been involved in passing along their important message. At the Forward Thinking Research and Mission Week Research Fairs in Milwaukee, she developed an informational campaign in conducting a “One Love Education Study” to educate others on the effectiveness of primary and secondary prevention for abusive relationships and offered statistical research to graduate students and professors.



During her four years at Marquette, Atayan has been an inspiration to many through her selfless demeanor, caring nature and tireless philanthropy.

The two award winners will be announce on May 22.

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

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