BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Beaver Radio Network play-by-play announcer Kelly Schultz was named the 2019 Kwame McDonald Media Award winner by the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership. The award is given to members of the media who have supported and promoted girls’ and women’s sports.
Schultz, who has been covering Beaver women’s athletics since 2007, will be honored Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minn. The award ceremony will be conducted in conjunction with the 33rd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a nationwide celebration recognizing the accomplishments of individuals in the promotion and advancement of girls’ and women’s sports.
Schultz is the radio play-by-play announcer for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team on the Beaver Radio Network. She was the first female play-by-play announcer in WCHA Women’s Division I hockey, and she remains one of few female play-by-play announcers in college hockey across the board.
Schultz started her play-by-play career in 2007, covering BSU’s women’s soccer, hockey and softball teams, and over her 12-year career, she has been able to create awareness for girls’ and women’s sports in the media. She has had young girls and college-aged women ask her how they can become involved in radio and play-by-play announcing, and she says making those connections are her biggest contribution to women’s sports.
In October 2018, another dream became reality for Schultz as she broadcast her first NWHL game as the voice of the Minnesota Whitecaps – the state’s newly formed professional hockey team. She will serve as the team’s play-by-play announcer during its inaugural season in the NWHL.
Along with her play-by-play work, Schultz also hosts a two-hour weekly radio show, and she deejays on two different radio stations. In 2014, Schultz did play-by-play for the WCHA Women’s Hockey Final Face-Off webcast, and in 2016-17 she started voicing the weekly radio program “This Week in the Women’s WCHA.”
When Schultz isn’t working a hockey broadcast she’s a self-taught milliner, seamstress and costume designer, and has won awards for her work in fashion. In December 2013, she made the RAWards 2013 semifinals and was a top-three nominee in the Accessory Designer category.
The 2019 ceremony will honor 22 individuals, groups or programs that will receive awards in six separate categories. Award recipients are nominated by schools, community organizations, recreation centers, and amateur and professional sports organizations. The ceremony is open the all at no cost.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).