Training athletes, building character, giving back

Having worked at PSEG for the last 35 years, I know just how much my company is committed to volunteerism and philanthropy, and I like to think I contribute to that selfless culture.

I started volunteering as a track and field coach at Saint Mark’s High School in Wilmington, Delaware, in 2010. At the time, my oldest of three children had just started attending the school, and I wanted to be a part of his passion for track. I’ve had many amazing moments and fostered many great relationships coaching all these years, but the best memories were watching my son break 12 school records!

I work with the indoor and outdoor track teams, helping with the sprints, high jump, long jump and triple jump. Now, my youngest child is a senior at Saint Mark’s, but I intend to continue coaching after she’s graduated.

Even before my time as a coach at Saint Mark’s, I enjoyed volunteering for track and field teams because giving back to the community is extremely important to me. I used to coach for the grade schools in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware. Outside of coaching, I volunteer to give people tours of the Hope Creek Simulator when they want to know what PSEG’s nuclear work is all about. If there are two things I’ve learned over my 35 years here, it’s how to work hard and help others.

Gary Schmelz, Nuclear Simulator Training Instructor - PSEG Nuclear

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