Huntington, Ind. - As a result of a unique American Red Cross initiative, Huntington University student-athletes, Eric Schultz and Rebekah Brown, were each presented with a $500 scholarship at halftime of a women’s basketball game earlier this month for their commitment to promote the mission of the Red Cross.
Making the check presentation was Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region, and Cameron Branock, Donor Recruitment Representative.
Thanks to a generous grant from State Frame Insurance, the Red Cross has entered into a partnership program with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to inspire and motivate a new and diverse generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders by exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program. The program is part of a strategy to continue the mission of the Red Cross to save lives by assuring a safe and adequate blood supply for the hospitals and patients served in their communities.
Schultz and Brown helped coordinate a campus blood drive earlier this fall that resulted in the collection of 87 units of blood, the most units collected in a single HU blood drive in the last decade.
Brown, a junior social work major from Converse, Indiana (Oak Hill High School), is a middle hitter on the HU volleyball team. Upon graduation she intends to earn a masters of social work in order to practice equine-assisted psychotherapy.
Schultz, a junior math education major from Palo, Iowa (John F. Kennedy High School), is the Foresters’ short stop on the baseball team. He intends to teach and coach upon graduation.