October, 2011San Antonio’s sports community is mourning the death of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Benjamin W. Schmidt, the son of one of this city’s great sports contributors, Dr. David Schmidt. San Antonio Sports, the city’s nonprofit sports commission, and the Valero Alamo Bowl have both been guided by Dr. Schmidt’s strong, enthusiastic leadership and share his sorrow at his son’s passing. The longtime team physician for the San Antonio Spurs, and many local high school and college teams, Dr. Schmidt is a well-known orthopedic surgeon and president of Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio.
LCpl. Benjamin Schmidt was killed in action on October 6 while on patrol in Afghanistan. The 24-year-old was a graduate of Alamo Heights High School and attended Texas Christian University. He was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, California. Serving his second tour in Afghanistan, Schmidt deployed in September with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. LCpl. Schmidt’s remains arrived in San Antonio on October 12. Services were held last Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to The Benjamin W. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship Fund at Texas Christian University, TCU Box 297012, Ft. Worth, TX 76129.
Dr. David Schmidt has been an integral part of San Antonio Sports (formerly the San Antonio Sports Foundation) almost since its inception and has held several key leadership positions during his 23 year tenure with the nonprofit organization. He has been on the board since 1988 and on the executive committee since 1990. He has served as president during the U.S. Olympic Festival – ’93, as chairman, as managing chairman of the Pan American Games bid committee, and was part of San Antonio’s first NCAA Final Four Local Organizing Committee. His wife, Teresa, is also a longtime San Antonio Sports volunteer.
“Our organization has ‘grown up’ with David Schmidt and the San Antonio sports landscape would not be the same without him,” says Dr. Susan Blackwood, executive director of San Antonio Sports. “He has been part of our family for more than 20 years, and we deeply feel his loss. We loved Benjamin and appreciate all he did for our country.”
“There is not a person who has given more of his time and talents to the San Antonio sports community than our Valero Alamo Bowl Chairman Dr. Schmidt,” said Derrick Fox, Valero Alamo Bowl President and CEO. “In addition to his contributions to college, amateur, high school and pro athletics, he is a world-class father. Fighting for our enduring freedom, we lost a hero in Dr. Schmidt’s son Benjamin. We send our prayers during this very difficult time to Dr. and Mrs. Schmidt, Benjamin's mother and sister as well as everyone who had the privilege of knowing this outstanding young man. As an organization, we will honor Benjamin, his family and again salute our military during this upcoming Valero Alamo Bowl for the service and sacrifice they make for our nation’s freedom and security.”