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Junior Sarah Schulze, a runner on the women’s track and field and cross-country team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has passed away. She was 21 years old.
On April 15th, Shulze’s family posted about her death Website dedicated to her life..
“We suddenly and tragically lost our beloved Sarah on Wednesday, April 13th. She was surrounded by her beloved family,” the first post said.
The statement continued. “Sara took her life. By balancing the demands of her athletics, scholars, and her daily life, she was overwhelmed in one desperate moment.”
The family, including sisters Abbey and Ella, her parents, her grandparents and her cousin, shared that they were “shocked and saddened” by Schulze’s death.
“Above all, Sarah was the power for the good of the world,” they write.
Originally from Oak Park, California, Shulze became a high school star athlete as a member of an athletics and cross-country team, eventually attending national and state-level events. Her family wrote that she received a scholarship to compete for UW Madison.
According to her Student athlete page On the university’s website, Shulze first finished at 3,000 meters in indoor athletics earlier this year.
In addition to her success on the track, Shulze’s family writes that she is also a member of the Student Athletes Council and intern at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
“These experiences helped foster her deep love for politics, social objectives and women’s rights,” the statement said.
Her family wrote that they were preparing to donate her organs.
In a follow-up post, the family thanked everyone who reached out, not just “the overflow of love and support for Sarah and our family.”
They shared that one service will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sunday, April 24th. On May 2nd, there will be another service in Westlake Village, California.
“Both of these services will celebrate Sarah’s wonderful life by sharing special memories together,” they explained.
According to a post uploaded on April 22, the family founded the Sarashulze Foundation. The Foundation aims to support other student athletes and help Sarah support concerns such as women’s rights and mental health.
They are seeking Foundation support instead of flowers.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison also posted a statement about badgers. Official Twitter account To describe how the Wisconsin athletics community “broken heart” of Shulze’s death.
“Sara was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, teammate, and badger student athlete,” the tweet said. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Sarah’s family, friends and badger teammates during this very difficult time. Our main focus is on the support of the Shulze family and student athletes.”