Kimball alum Mike Schultz has been nominated for a 2018 ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete With a Disability. ESPN will broadcast the awards, with host Danica Patrick; it will be shown at 7 p.m. Central on Wednesday, July 18, on ABC.
“Monster” Mike, as he’s known in the racing community, has transformed the world of adaptive action sports in more ways than one. In 2008, Schultz suffered a life-changing knee injury during a snowmobile competition resulting in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Seven months later, he was competing again while engineering a durable and versatile mechanical knee and foot.
Creating high-impact adaptive sports prosthetics became BioDapt, Inc., the company Schultz founded in 2010 to help wounded soldiers, action sports athletes, and amputees wanting to return to an active lifestyle.
Schultz earned gold and silver medals at the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang, Korea, in March. Eleven medals were earned by athletes using BioDapt equipment.
“This awesome year just keeps going,” Schultz said about his nomination. “I’m so pumped and honored to be nominated for an ESPY award. It’s humbling and incredible to see my name next to all these other world-class athletes nominated in the same category.”
Vote for Mike at www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting54/best-athlete-sport; you can vote daily.. Visit www.monstermike schultz.com for more information; the link to the ESPN voting page is on his Facebook page too.