CNMI national player and Pacific Games gold medalist Robbie Schorr is headed to William Woods University in Missouri where he will play college tennis for the Owls in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The 17-year-old received a partial athletic and academic scholarship from William Woods University, which plays in the American Midwest Conference or AMC.
“I’m super happy and excited to have everything I’ve worked on pay off and thrilled for the great opportunity I’ve been given,” said Schorr when asked about his initial reaction upon receiving the news that he got the partial athletic and academic scholarship from William Woods University.
“I dedicate [my acceptance to William Woods University] to my parents for always supporting me and being there for me, all my coaches in my life that helped me get to where I am now, especially coach Jeff Race who has been there since the beginning, and all my friends and teammates I’ve played with and against to become better,” he added.
Schorr said he looks forward to furthering his tennis career in college and in the NAIA.
“My goals are simply to work hard on and off the court, be the player I need to be, and strive to get to that next level,” he said, adding that he plans to take up a bachelor’s degree along the lines of exercise science.
Schorr’s parents, Jeff and Hannah, were ecstatic after learning that their son will be going to college at Williams Woods University.
“Like every parent, we are very proud of what Robbie has achieved,” the Schorrs said.
Race, for his part, said he’s happy to see Schorr’s hard work finally paying off and that finally he gets a shot at playing college tennis in the U.S. mainland.
“As Robbie’s coach for about 10 years I’m thrilled that Robbie will be fulfilling his goal of playing university tennis in the U.S. Getting an excellent scholarship is even better. All the hard work of training has paid off. Now he’ll be able to take his game to the next level in college,” he said.
According to its website, William Woods University is a learning community of more than 3,500 students and faculty, including some 1,100 traditional undergraduates representing more than 35 US states and 24 countries on our 225-acre campus in Fulton, Missouri.
The NAIA is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities in North America. For the 2018-2019 season, it has 251 member institutions, of which two are in British Columbia, one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the rest in the conterminous United States.