Shoni & Jude Schimmel Nominated for James E. Sullivan Award: You can Vote!

Schimmel Sisters After Final

Jude (l) and Shoni (r) Schimmel – Need your vote!

 Indian Country can Cast Vote for Winner

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA — The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced last week Louisville Cardinals Shoni Schimmel and Jude Schimmel are among 19 nominees for the 2013 James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete.

The Schimmel sisters are tribal citizens of the Confederated Tribe of Umatilla, based in Pendleton, Oregon, and have become pride of Indian country with their outstanding exemplary athletic abilities.

Since voting is open to the general public, Indian country has the opportunity to vote to find winner of the 2013 AAU Sullivan Award. The public’s vote will account for one-third of the athlete’s overall score.

The nominees were nominated by someone who thought they fit the requirements of outstanding athletic ability, strong character, leadership and sportsmanship.

The public can cast their vote by going to:

In search section of this link, type in either Shoni Schimmel or Jude Schimmel. Their photo will appear with a place to vote!

Voting will remain open until March 23rd at 11:59 EST.

Three finalists will be named no later than March 28th and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11th at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

The Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930, and is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include: Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson and Missy Franklin.

Below is information on the two sisters:

Jude Schimmel

Jude Schimmel

Jude Schimmel

As a sophomore at the University of Louisville, Jude Schimmel didn’t miss a game. She grabbed multiple career-high records and scored the game-winning basket in the Cardinals’ win over Texas A&M. She ranks second on the team in steals, assists, and in three-point field goal percentage. She is very active in the American Indian community and speaks at conferences and reservations around the nation.

Shoni Schimmel

Shoni Schimmel

Shoni Schimmel

In her junior season at the University of Louisville, Shoni Schimmel was named to the WBCA All-Region for Region 1, along with being named to the Wooden Watch List and the Preseason Wade Watch List. She became the 23rd 1,000 point scorer in school history in 2013 and ranked 13th in the league in scoring and third in three-point field goals made. Like her sister, Jude, she is very active in the American Indian community and speaks at conferences and reservations around the nation.

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