Yale Senior Recognized by One Love Foundation
BALTIMORE, Md. – Dylan Levings, Yale's All-American face-off man, has been named a finalist for the One Love Foundation's 2014 Unsung Hero Award.
The Yeardley Reynolds Love ("YRL") Unsung Hero Award, which honors the memory of the late University of Virginia women's lacrosse star, recognizes the accomplishments of a student-athlete who helps their team achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. This honor is meaningful because it places value on characteristics that are often undervalued in the competitively charged environment of college lacrosse.
Levings, one of the school's all-time great face-off specialists, has been among the nation's leaders in win percentage and ground balls the last three years while earning USILA All-America honors the last two. He has three of the top eight face-off percentages for a season in Yale history.
The Massapequa, N.Y., native has a 3.35 GPA in environmental engineering while donating much of his time to Inner City Lacrosse, a program that introduces the sport to underprivileged children in New Haven. What began as teaching the game eventually turned into competition with other teams in similar programs around the state.
Levings, who volunteers as a lacrosse mentor to high school players back home over summers, was also one of several Yale teammates to participate in a free lacrosse clinic for Newtown after the Sandy Hook tragedy last year. In addition, he represents his team in the Bulldog Sustainability Program, an initiative to create a more sustainable athletic department through advertising, increased recycling, and efficient energy use.
The Yale senior also found time over a summer to work in a chemical engineering lab, developing a model simulating membrane distillation: a type of separation technique frequently used to desalinate water. He continued to work with the same professor throughout his senior year in order publish details of his work.
The 2013 Ivy League Tournament MVP has accumulated numerous accolades since becoming Yale's top man on the X his sophomore season. He was an honorable mention USILA All-America pick in 2012 and 2013 in addition to earning either All-Ivy or All-New England honors each spring.
The One Love Foundation website goes on to describe the characteristics a recipient of this award should exhibit. "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 recipient should exhibit leadership as a positive role model and also be involved in community service. The One Love Foundation will honor the lacrosse player that shares the qualities that Yeardley Love so humbly displayed."
The recipient will also be awarded a sum of money from the One Love Foundation to be given to their favorite charity.