The third annual Schmidt Don’t Quit Kinesiology Scholarship Ride may have been pushed back a week due to weather, but University of Wisconsin Oshkosh senior kinesiology major Lily Lor is still ready to go.
Lor will bike the final 14 miles back to Oshkosh with Dan Schmidt, kinesiology department co-chair and exercise and sport science program director.
Lor, along with a few other student riders, will meet Schmidt in Pickett on Friday, July 2 to close out the three-day 150-mile ride to support kinesiology student scholarships.
“Riding the final day with Dr. Schmidt and my fellow classmates to help fundraise for kinesiology scholarships means a lot to me,” Lor said. “With one year left before I graduate from UW Oshkosh, I am excited to participate in a kinesiology event and make an impact on the Titan community.”
Lor understands the importance of scholarships.
“I am a first-generation college student and the oldest in my family,” Lor said. “Throughout the past four years of college, I’ve relied on the support of financial aid and scholarships. That support has helped me to where I am today. I hope the funds raised from the Schmidt Don’t Quit Kinesiology Scholarship Ride will be able to help other students so they too can pursue their career goals.”
The Manitowoc native and engaged UWO student—Kinesiology Club member, Asian Student Association (ASA) secretary and Student Ambassador in the admissions office during the pandemic—is most looking forward to crossing the finish line with Schmidt and her fellow students.
“It is huge accomplishment for me to be able to make a difference and support other college students,” she said.
Schmidt, too, is looking forward to arriving on campus with his students riding by his side.
“Meeting up with three of my students in Fremont and three more in Allenville for the final push of the 2020 ride is one of my favorite moments,” Schmidt said. “It still puts a lump in my throat when I think about seeing them geared up and ready to ride for kinesiology scholarships. It is going to be the same for me on Friday when I meet Lily and her classmates.”
The Schmidt Don’t Quit Kinesiology Scholarship Ride has raised $5,455 in its first two years. Donations can be made at uwo.sh/ride.