Christopher Schultz Memorial AwardUpdated Thursday November 8, 2018 by CYLA.
This award honors the memory of Christopher Schultz, a CYLA lacrosse player who died tragically in a car accident in front of Chesapeake High School in 1998 at the age of 12. Christopher always spoke of his days playing for CYLA as the most fun he ever had playing lacrosse. The award is presented to the player on each team who demonstrates a love of life, love of lacrosse, and leadership, all characteristics that defined Christopher.
Every child is a blessing and is born with special gifts, talents and occasional challenges. Christopher Paul Schultz was blessed with intelligence, athletic ability, adventurous, sentimental, kind hearted, a people person, and loved life. However, he also faced a lot of medical challenges with drive, determination, fortitude and tencity looking at every obstacle as a new challenge never letting anything interfere with his dreams and goals, always looking on the bright side. In the twelve and a half years that he was here on earth he tried his hand at an array of interests such as building different things out of wood, football, baseball, wrestling, basketball, fishing and crabbing to name a few but no matter what adventure he was drawn to, he always returned to his true love - lacrosse.
As most middle school children, Christopher was already thinking about his future. He was determined to study hard and attend/play lacrosse for either Notre Dame “The Fighting Irish” in South Bend due to his Irish heritage or following in his family's Navy history - the Naval Academy . The summer prior to the accident, Christopher attended the Navy lacrosse camp and was looking forward to incorporating all of the new techniques that he had learned into his game. As with most kids he tried a lot of positions but ended up loving the crease defense position the best. He played the game rough like he was taught but was so kind at heart that after he knocked his opponent down, he would help them up, saying that he was sorry if they were hurt but he had to do the best he could to protect the goal.
We may have lost our beloved son but gained a whole lacrosse family. Words can’t express the love and gratitude that we have in our hearts for the coaches, teammates (friends) and family that created the Christopher Schultz Award.
For his leadership & his love of life and lacrosse.