Madison knew she wanted to attend a college with a good sports program. Her search led her to Howard Community College (HCC), where she intended to run track for the school.
“I grew up and am still currently living in Sykesville, MD. Before HCC, I would only ever come to Columbia to go to the mall or the movies,” said Madison, who goes by Maddie. “After coming here and seeing the university-like atmosphere, I knew HCC would be a much better option for me (than other community colleges).”
Maddie wanted to combine her interest in business with her love of sports, so she chose to pursue a degree in sports management with a focus in marketing.
After arriving at the college, she wanted to try new challenges and decided to try out for the lacrosse team instead of running track. Although she had never played before, she made the team her freshman year.
“Once I joined the lacrosse team, I knew the rest of my time at HCC was going to be nothing less than a blast,” said Maddie. “Joining this team helped me build lifelong friendships, relationships, and memories. After playing lacrosse, I decided to try out for the soccer team to build more of these relationships.”
She had never played soccer either, but she made the team. The women’s soccer team won the regional tournament in fall 2018, which resulted in the team going to nationals.
“I made some of my best friends from playing on these sports teams, and I definitely think they’re relationships that will last a long time,” said Maddie.
Her hard work on and off the field led her to receive the 2019 Female Scholar Athlete Award at HCC. She is continuing her college education at West Virginia University next year, where she received an academic scholarship due to her success at HCC.
“My experience at HCC has prepared me really well for a four-year institution,” said Maddie. “In the long run, I hope to be as successful at WVU as I was here at HCC.”
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