MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s campus community plans to take part Thursday in a “Yards for Yeardley” event that challenges people to walk, run, and roll toward a campus goal of 1,000,000 yards, the college said.
The event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center, with a rain location at Wildcat Field House.
SUNY Poly said it is joining SUNY campuses across the state to reach 50 million yards in honor of Yeardley Love and others who have lost their lives to violence linked to a relationship. Love, a University of Virginia student and athlete, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before her graduation in 2010, and family and friends believe her death could have been prevented, SUNY Poly noted.
In Yeardley’s honor, the One Love organization aims to increase awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationships, said SUNY Poly. It added that numerous educational One Love Foundation Escalation Workshops have been held with SUNY Poly students to seek to prevent that type of violence.