I know we typically have a "no politics" rule around these parts, but when one of your most visible recent athletes is moderating a conversation with the President of the United States, I think we can make an exception.
A young member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will moderate a discussion on Thursday between President Obama and tribal youth.
Jude Schimmel, a standout basketball player at the University of Louisville, author and member of Generation Indigenous, will meet with Obama during a session of the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington D.C.
"I'm excited and honored to announce that I will moderate a conversation between President Obama and Native youth about how we can work together to help more young people reach their full potential," she posted on Instagram. "What questions do you have for the President?"
Schimmel is a visible member of Generation Indigenous, an organization Obama launched last year after he and the First Lady visited Standing Rock Sioux Indian Nation in North Dakota. The goal of Gen-I is to engage and improve the lives of Native youth. Schimmel was one of the featured youth at the White House Tribal Youth Gathering at the White House in July.
Very, very cool news. Both Jude and Shoni Schimmel continue to make Louisville fans incredibly proud.