LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Louisville junior basketball player Jude Schimmel continues to make a name for herself off the court. Today, she was named one of Glamour magazine's Top 10 College Women, and will be honored at an event on April 17 at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
U of L says each year more than 1,000 women are nominated to take part in the ceremony, based on campus achievements.
The 10 winners this year will be profiled in a feature in the May 2014 issue of the magazine.
They'll also take part in a ceremony and celebrity panel event that includes Greta Gerwig (actress and writer, Frances Ha), Danielle Brooks (actress, Orange is the New Black), Gina Keatley (TV host, Healthy Soul), Dyllan McGee (Emmy award-winning documentarian) Shiza Shahid (CEO the Malala Fund) and Colleen McGuinness (writer and producer for NBC's 30 Rock).
Schimmel played a key role off the bench for the 33-5 Cardinals this season, averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 assists per game. She also was nominated for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Good Works team and a year ago won the Elite 89 award for the player with the highest grade-point average participating in the Final Four.
Schimmel and her older sister, Shoni, have earned notoriety as Native Americans who left their reservation homes to find success on a larger scale, and both have been active in the offseason speaking to various groups at reservations and conferences around the nation. Schimmel traveled to speak at 17 reservations in nine states, delivering a message of hope and perseverance.
In the a recent HBO Sports segment on her and her sister, Schimmel said she aspires to be a writer, and to write works with an inspiring message to Native Americans. She also said she plans to return to the reservation to serve as an example to young people there.
Schimmel told Glamour: "I'll never forget where I come from. I want to show my five younger siblings and my community that it's possible to live their dreams." The magazine also quoted Kelly Ripa, who coproduced a documentary on the Schimmel family, calling her "an inspiration."