Blake Schultz, Williams College
Williams men's basketball coach Mike Maker once said of Blake Schultz: "Blake's work ethic and his commitment to improving his community should serve as a model to every student-athlete."
Schultz's accomplishments on and off the field certainly back his coach up.
At Williams Schultz was the first two-time winner of Sinc Hart Award for a Williams men's basketball player, who has been a valued good-will ambassador for his sport, College, and community through community service commitments. He has served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for three years; participated in the nationwide Best-Buddies program mentoring mentally challenged youths for three years and for two of those years was the treasurer of the Williams chapter.
Schultz posted a remarkable senior season in leading the Ephs back to the national stage and closed out his career with 1,528 points (4th all-time at Williams) and 545 rebounds (8th at Williams). Schultz averaged 19.2 points a game and won NESCAC, ECAC-New England and D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year honors. He was also named an NABC, The Basketball Times and D3hoops.com First Team All-American and won the prestigious national Jostens Trophy for playing ability, scholarship and community service.
Additionally, Schultz has coordinated Eph team relationships with the local A Better Chance (ABC) program and nearby Berkshire Farm Center (juvenile delinquents in a New York State residence facility), enabling the participants to visit practices and meet and correspond with players. Further, he coordinated free summer basketball camp opportunities for ABC students. He served also as the basketball team's Toys for Tots representative.
Schultz has been accepted into Teach for America and assigned to New Orleans, but he may postpone that opportunity to continue competing in basketball for a year or two. His future plans do include Teach for America and then onto medical school in his quest to become an orthopedic surgeon.