One of five Native American Division 1 volleyball players shines for USD

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Only five Native American's play Division 1 volleyball in the country. USDs Lauren Schad can proudly say she's one of them.

"When I think about being one of the few native athletes playing Division 1 volleyball it makes me emphasis what I'm doing and really represent my culture and the people the best I can," said Schad. "I am from the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. All natives are in it together, supporting each other. It's about heritage and pride."

The senior middle blocker says she hopes what she has accomplished on the court and in the classroom at USD can inspire other Native Americans to chase their dreams as well.

The twenty-one year old already started to use her platform as a collegiate athlete. Schad spent the summer touring reservations in Arizona with her mom, speaking to the students about her journey. In addition, she said she also hosted a three day volleyball clinic with friends for middle school and high school students.

"This experience is invaluable," said Schad. "I can't put an amount on how much it's taught me. I want to try to inspire the youth as much as I can. I have had a lot of opportunities to get out in the community. It's awesome. As much as I can do it I will"