By Scott Prater
Adam Schilling arrived at Schriever less than a year ago, but he’s already a familiar face to many on base.
It could be his stature. At 6 feet, 8 inches, Schriever’s Athlete of the First Quarter is kind of hard to miss. But, it could also be the effort he’s made to meet people.
“When I got here, I didn’t know anybody,” he said. “So I figured I’d do what I’ve always done. I hit the gym.”
His first day at Schriever was also his first day in his new career. Holding a brand spanking new finance degree from Montana State University, Schilling found a home in the 50th Comptroller Squadron as a budget analyst.
“I may have been new to the office here, but I know that when people go to the finance department it’s usually because they have a problem,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I needed to meet people in a more casual setting.”
He signed up for every intramural sport he could think of and even made plans to participate in a few of the fitness center’s monthly fitness challenges.
In the mean time, he set about making a name for himself inside the squadron. Senior Airman Allen Orozco-Castaneda, 50 CPTS budget analyst, recognized and nominated Schilling’s efforts for AoQ.
“Adam is always energetic and always wants to be involved,” Orozco-Castaneda said. “Even though he isn’t required to participate in our PT sessions he tries to go out as much as possible, work permitting. If you’re healthy and happy that bleeds into other aspects of your life including work. He brings such a positive vibe to the squadron and his involvement in sports contributes to that.”
A committee made up of fitness center staff chooses the athlete of the quarter based on submitted nominations. Criteria include participation and performance in intramural sports, monthly sporting events, competition outside the base and involvement in the community.
He played football in college, three-years as a tight end for Montana Tech, but he hung up his cleats for good when he transferred to Montana State to complete his degree. Since then, he’s primarily focused his energy on the basketball court.
He won a spot on the Peterson Sabers basketball squad after trying out last year and the team began competing against other club teams and junior college teams throughout the region in October. He said the team travels most weekends and has competed in places as far away as Trinidad, Colo., and Offut Air Force Base, Neb.
At Schriever, he competes for 50th Force Support Squadron teams because 50 CPTS is such a small squadron, it often can’t field enough athletes to form its own teams. Using his speed and size, he helped 50 FSS become one of the top basketball teams and is now helping the 50 FSS volleyball team remain competitive.
“I’m 24,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of time to kill and I can’t think of a better way to spend it then by competing and making friends on the courts and fields. I’ve met most of the commanders on base, simply through the competition at the gym.”
With intramural sports at Schriever during the week and the Sabers’ activities on weekends, it’s hard to believe he finds time for much else. But, he’s proven to be quite active in the community as well.
He helped Ellicott High School raise more than $5,000 during a fundraiser for school activities earlier this year and collected donations for an orphanage during the winter holidays.
“When kids get toys for Christmas, they never seem to come with enough batteries, so a group of people and I raised money, bought batteries and then delivered them to kids who needed them. We also found many families needed clothing for their toddlers. Since toddlers grow so quickly, they need new pajamas often. So we raised money, then bought and delivered those to needy families as well.”
Beginning this summer he plans to find a volunteer coaching job in the area.
“I’ve always wanted to coach and I’m most knowledgeable about football, so I think I’d be pretty good at that,” he said. “Hopefully, I can find a place that can use my help.”