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Trinity junior grabs interception following father’s tragic death

A heartwarming update to a heart-wrenching story out of Louisville.

Christopher Schulz, 45, was killed while driving a golf cart near Seneca Golf Course in Louisville on Aug. 11. His cart was struck by a drunk driver around 4 p.m., and the impact was strong enough to eject Schulz and another man from the cart. Both men were transported to a local hospital, where Schulz was pronounced dead. The other passenger has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Less than two weeks later, Christopher’s son, Jackson, is already making his old man proud. The Trinity High School junior grabbed an interception Friday night in the Shamrocks’ game against Indiana’s Carmel High School. After his impressive catch, Schulz can be seen pointing to the sky, as if to dedicate the grab to his father.

Trinity would go on to win the season opener 41-14, but the moment of the game belongs to Jackson Schulz.

Christopher Schulz was raised in Northern Kentucky, where he attended Highland High School before going on to play golf at the University of Kentucky. He married a fellow Wildcat, Kelly Schulz, and the couple raised their three children as UK fans.

Schulz was active at Saint Albert the Great Church and School in Louisville, where he served as the boys’ sports athletic director. He created several successful programs in the city, including the Young Professional Association of Louisville’s Emerging Leaders Program and the Parent to Prosper program. Schulz was also a certified life and career coach, and was set to coach 7th and 8th grade girls flag football this fall.

The man driving the vehicle that killed Schulz has been identified as Lazaro Pozo Illas, a 30-year old man from Louisville. He has been arrested and charged with murder, aggravated DUI, assault and wanton endangerment. Illas registered a blood alcohol level of 0.16%, which is twice the legal limit in Kentucky, according to an arrest citation obtained by the Courier Journal.

Schulz’s funeral was held Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can still be made to the Schulz Children Fund, c/o Republic Bank, 4921 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville KY 40222.

I know I speak for KSR and the BBN when I say our thoughts are with the Schulz family during this time of grief.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

8 Comments for Trinity junior grabs interception following father’s tragic death

  1. Bobbum Man
    5:30 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    St X grad here….. tragic story (player golf there many many times) awesome tribute to his pops and best wishes to the young man!

  2. Catfan4life-original
    6:03 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Thanks for the tribute. His fellow teammates attended the funeral on Monday 8/19. RIP

  3. Ridge Runner
    7:22 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    So tragic and sad. I can’t find the words but to say, condolences and I wish the young man strength.

  4. UKWildcatFan4Life
    8:59 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    If only there was a way a tragedy like this could be prevented.

    • RealCatsFan
      7:50 am August 26, 2019 Permalink

      I believe your post was meant to be sarcastic, but there are so many ways to avoid getting behind the wheel these days with Lyft and Uber. There simply is no excuse. And being absolutely blasted at 4 in the afternoon points to a substance abuse problem.

    • trumpetguy
      1:28 pm August 26, 2019 Permalink

      This type of tragedy happens far too often. Whether it be alcohol, or RX abuse, etc. Condolences go out to both families. People, please seek help if this type of thing is an issue for either a friend, loved one, or even yourself.

  5. RealCatsFan
    7:53 am August 26, 2019 Permalink

    My niece was a housesitter for this family, and the news of this hit her very hard. Saturday I played in a family golf outing at Seneca, and the orange paint is still visible on the road in front of the clubhouse- a very sobering reminder to value the time you have with your loved ones. Prayers going up that the family can find strength and comfort to help them cope with this terrible loss.

  6. UKWildcatFan4Life
    8:45 am August 26, 2019 Permalink

    If we would have stopped his first crime, coming into this country illegally, he wouldn’t have been able to commit his second crime. Now, this family doesn’t have their father and the city of Louisville has lost a great man. This family is entitled to justice and it shouldn’t stop with the man already behind bars.