Lee Mallette was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1965. Along with his three brothers, Reese, Pope, and Greer, Lee was raised by parents Reese and Jean Mallette.
Lee was born with a congenital heart disease, idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (IHSS), which somewhat limited Lee’s ability to perform strenuous activities as a young child. He was involved in many school and community activities, including scouting where he achieved the ultimate rank of Eagle Scout. During his years at Mountain Brook High School, Lee pursued more physical activities, becoming an accomplished water skier and snow skier and participating in soccer and basketball.
While in high school, Lee explored his passion for music and different musical styles. A member of Mountain Brook’s Class of 1984, Lee was accepted to the University of Virginia and entered UVA that fall. As a first-year student he lived in Emmet, went through fraternity rush, and pledged KA while continuing his pursuit of a broad array of classes and activities. He was particularly interested in history and looked forward to a major in that area.
In March 1985, Lee Mallette suffered acute heart failure and died while playing in an intramural lacrosse game on Nameless Field. He was initiated posthumously into Kappa Alpha Order, and in his memory his KA brothers organized the first Lee Mallette Memorial Lacrosse Tournament in the spring of 1986.
Yeardley Love was born on July 17, 1987 to John and Sharon Love. Yeardley Love grew up in Baltimore, MD, and after attending St. Joseph’s Elementary School, attended middle and high school at Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP). At NDP, she was a member of the varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams all four years of high school and was an All-County lacrosse player in 2006. Yeardley Love was admitted to the University of Virginia (UVA), where she majored in government and minored in Spanish. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. As a member of the UVA women’s lacrosse team, Yeardley Love won two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles, played in a Final Four and her teams were consistently ranked in the top 10 of collegiate women’s lacrosse. Yeardley Love wore # 1 as a lacrosse player at both NDP and UVA. The One Love Foundation is named for the number she wore, her last name and the way “Yards” lived her life. Read more about Yeardley Love on the One Love Foundation’s website.