Have you ever met someone who pitched college coaches as if they were VC’s? Well now you can say you know of someone, and her name is Lauren Schad. That’s what she did, she pitched them in person.
Hi, my name’s Lauren Schad. That’s how she began every letter, with a simple introduction, and then she presented her vitals: I’m 6-foot-2, I’m a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe — her mom, Laura, taught her to always include this up high — and I play volleyball. I would love to play for you if you gave me an opportunity. Can I come down to a camp? And though she received countless “No’s”, she never gave up.
This is not your typical high school student athlete, and it’s evident to this very day. Lauren’s strength comes from a place many of us can’t begin to understand. Her pride runs deep in her blood, and this is what separates her from the rest.
Lauren attended Rapid City Central High School (South Dakota), she earned her varsity letter in volleyball 3 out of 4 years. Her versatility as an athlete saw her lettering in basketball and track. For her senior year, Lauren led the state in hitting percentage, total blocks, blocks per game, and kills-per-game. She was recognized a few times for her athletic accomplishments. But her heart lies with raising awareness about her community.
Lauren is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She actively reaches out to Native American communities in South Dakota and San Diego. Her outreach includes mentoring middle school girls, hosting games, and celebrations for the youth.
San Diego State University offered Lauren a full athletic scholarship, and they certainly got a great student athlete in return. She was selected honorable mention as an AVCA All- American. As a senior, she helped lead her team to a 24-6 record. Lauren finished second on her team in kills and blocks.