NATCHITOCHES – CPL (Ret). Jacob Schick, U.S. Marine Corps, was Honorary Captain for Northwestern State University’s double overtime win over McNeese State University Nov. 10, which the university observed as Military Appreciation Day. Schick performed the pregame coin toss and was congratulated by Louisiana’s Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and State Treasurer John Schroder.
Schick is a native of Bossier City who served from 2000-2004 when a life-threatening and career-ending improvised explosive device blew through a vehicle he was driving while deployed in Iraq. He has undergone 50 operations and 20 blood transfusions and was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
While struggling through convalescence, Schick realized warriors need not suffer alone. He now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of 22Kill, an organization that honors those who serve and promotes awareness of suicide prevention and empowers veterans globally by supporting the readily available programs and services local to them.
Joining Schick for the coin toss were his brothers, Jason and Cody; mother, Dianne, and father, Woody, an NSU alumnus and 1993 inductee in NSU’s N-Club Hall of Fame for baseball.
Schick’s participation in Saturday’s game is part of the Department of Military Science’s on-going tradition of honoring veterans during home athletic events.