Paul Schulte is a co-captain of the U.S. men’s wheelchair basketball team, and has helped bring home many titles since he joined the team. These include the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, and gold medals at the 1998 and 2002 World Championships, where Paul also won MVP. The team also took gold at the Parapan American Games in 1999, 2007 and 2011.
In the most recent Paralympics in Beijing, Paul played on the U.S. team, which was eliminated in double overtime by Canada. He and the men’s team are working hard to return to the podium in London 2012.
Schulte started using a wheelchair after being injured in a car crash at age 10, and started playing wheelchair basketball when he was 14.
He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he played for the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team. In 2002 that team won the National Intercollegiate Championship. Paul was named Tournament MVP, First Team All-American and had his #20 jersey retired.
After college, he played on the Dallas Mavericks Wheelchair team and helped lead them to four National Championships. Across Junior, Men’s, and Collegiate divisions, he has also been named the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s MVP five times.
Today, when he’s not travelling the world representing the United States, Paul works as a design engineer at Invacare Top End, which has put out a signature line of “Paul Schulte” wheelchairs for basketball. He and his high school sweetheart, now wife, Meghan, are also busy with their 2-year-old son, Brady.
Paul is blogging for MEDAL QUEST in April 2012. His personal website is www.paulschulte.com.