Athlete Of The Week: Stuart Schultz

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Friday’s Senior Day at Guerin Catholic High School was a special night for senior basketball player Stuart Schultz. Throughout his senior season, he’s only scored one point, but that means nothing to him.

“It just feels great anytime I can get out there. And even every day in practice, even the days where it’s exhausting, and we’re doing a lot of running,  I just think I’m not staying in bed anymore,” Schultz said.

Just four months ago, he wrapped up more than 3 years of chemotherapy, after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells, the summer after his freshman year.

“I was actually relieved because I knew what I was up against,” he said. “Now I can just fight it.”

“He looked so bad for so long that we all just kept praying. Did we ever think he’d play basketball again? No,” said Guerin Catholic Head Basketball Coach Pete Smith.

After missing an entire year of school, he returned too weak to play. Then, last season while in remission, he broke his foot in the season opener. He credits his teammates for getting him through the toughest times, and in return, his journey has given them even more to fight for.

“I think the team has learned a lot of just how to never think that something can’t happen again. As sick and un-athletic he became because of his illness, it’s just tremendous,” Smith said.

And now in his final year as a Golden Eagle, even sitting on the bench takes on new meaning for Schultz.

“I’d been playing basketball for so long, I just kinda took it for granted,” Schultz said. “Once I came back, I had a new drive to be the best player I can be and work as hard as I possibly can.”

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