Chad Wiedmaier spent his summer helping the young people in Uganda, his fall helping a young person closer to home and his winter writing about his experiences. He's now spending his spring as one of the top defensemen in college lacrosse.
It's no wonder that he's a finalist for an award that recognizes all-around achievement by a senior intercollegiate athlete.
Wiedmaier, Princeton's All-America and senior captain defenseman, is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award for men's lacrosse, it was announced today.
The Lowe's Senior Class Award recognizes excellent in what is called the "4 C's" of classroom, competition, community and character. Wiedmaier is a strong fit across the board.
As a lacrosse player, Wiedmaier is a three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection with a chance to become the first four-time first-team All-Ivy pick in Princeton history and the second in league history. He leads a defense that ranks fifth in Division I in goals allowed per game, and he ranks seventh in Division I in caused turnovers per game.
He was also the No. 7 pick overall in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse draft.
Wiedmaier spent last summer in Uganda, where he worked with Fields of Growth to help the Ugandans learn the sport and possibly compete at the 2014 World Championships in Denver. He also helped in numerous educational ventures, including teaching and building schools for local children, many of whom had parents who died of AIDS.
Wiedmaier's senior thesis is on how poverty in Uganda, specifically in rural areas, negatively affects schools and education systems. He has also won best in category in the OIP International Eye Photography Contest the past two years.
In addition, he took a lead role as the men's lacrosse team rallied around Nick Bates, the 10-year-old son of Princeton head coach Chris Bates, before and after the death from cancer of Ann Bates, Nick's mother. Wiedmaier was part of a group of Princeton players who took Nick to his activities, brought him to events and Princeton and saw to it that he had a strong support system.
The Lowe's Senior Class Award will be determined by a combination of a vote by fans along with a panel of coaches and media members.
The winner will be announced at the NCAA championships in May.
A list of the 10 candidates and the link to voting can be found here.