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ME Student Nominated for International Sports Award

April 4, 2003

Paul Schulte, a mechanical engineering senior at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been nominated to receive the “World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability” award from the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Schulte had been a guard on UTA’s Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team, starting in 1998 and finishing with a national championship in 2002; the team completed a 17-0 record in college competitions. Schulte was named “Player of the Year” by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, was placed on the NWBA’s All-American First Team and All-American Academic Team, and was a co-recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. As a member of Team USA at last September's Wheelchair Basketball Gold Cup in Japan, he was voted the tournament's best player after scoring 32 points in the title game and leading USA to the World Championship.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, established in Monaco in 2000, are recognized as premier honors and are unique in that they honor the world's best sportsmen and women for their achievements across all disciplines and all countries. Last year’s recipients included Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher of Germany, tennis champion Jennifer Capriati of the United States and skateboarder Bob Burnquist of Brazil.

Earlier this year, 400 sports journalists from over 70 countries around the world voted to select the nominees for the 2003 Laureus World Sports Awards. Schulte and his wife will attend the 4th annual awards ceremony in Monaco in May.

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