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Schumacher nominated for Good Works Team

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Mark Schumacher (Perham, Minn.) has made a name for himself on the basketball court for the Cardinal men's basketball team.

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Mark Schumacher battles for position in the lane. Schumacher was nominated for the Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team . Submitted photo

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Mark Schumacher (Perham, Minn.) has made a name for himself on the basketball court for the Cardinal men's basketball team.

But knocking down jumpers, hauling in rebounds, and blocking shots doesn't tell the whole Mark Schumacher story.

In fact, it's his work off the court that has thrust the Cardinal senior into the spotlight.

Schumacher was one of the 154 total men's basketball nominees for the 2016 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team, it was announced on Dec. 2.

In its fourth year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® recognize players at all levels of college basketball who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. From establishing nonprofits that provide youth with the necessary tools to become leaders of tomorrow, to raising awareness around pertinent issues that could save lives, these student-athletes exhibit impeccable leadership skills both on and off the court.

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 "Mark is very deserving of this honor," Saint Mary's coach Jamison Rusthoven said of his senior forward, who is averaging 6.3 points-per-game and 5.0 rebounds-per-game through the Cardinals' first three games this season. "Mark definitely wears a lot of hats, no doubt about that-and there's no more deserving.

 "His volunteer accolades are probably the best in the nation."

 And Rusthoven is not exaggerating.

Along with his time on the basketball court, Schumacher's volunteer efforts have include: Working as a Catholic Missionary and Evangelist at Providence (Minn.) Academy; serving as a director for Central Minnesota Together Encountering Christ (TEC) retreats; and planning and organizing Saint Mary's "Life Nights."

If that's not enough, Schumacher also volunteers at the Salvation Army Shelter, Catholic Worker House, Feed My Starving Children, and he also plays electric bass for the 9 p.m. Mass at Saint Mary's.

"My devotion to my personal causes comes from my desire to help people, as well as the opportunity to share my passions with others," Schumacher said. "I love working with young people, playing basketball, making music-as well as having conversations or speaking to others about Christianity."

Schumacher was three year varsity member and a two year starter for the Yellowjackets. He was a member of the 2011 State Champion Yellowjackets.

Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said Schumacher was the kind of kid all coaches dreamed about having in their progrms.

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“He was always willing to do whatever was needed to make the program better. He was so good with the younger kids in our program,” Cresap said. “He did so many things that many people don't even know about. He is a very respectful, hard-working, and just a fun young man to be around.”

The 154 NABC nominees-including a combined 48 from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA-were submitted by sports information directors and college basketball coaches across the country. From the nominations, a special voting panel will select a 10-member team comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 10 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2016 NABC Convention and 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four® in Houston, where they will participate in a community service project benefitting the city.

 

This story was reprinted with permission from the Saint Mary’s Athletic Department.

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