When Madison Martin steps on the field she hops over the foul line with her left foot.  When she is pitching she has to pick up the softball herself, spin it once in her glove and then before the inning she clears the dirt in the pitching circle five times.

"I have little things that I do before and during the game that I've done since I can remember," Martin said.

Martin can still recall the first game she played in the Terps uniform when she was a freshman.  It was against an all-star team, a team full of players that had been Martin's inspirations.

"I can still vividly remember all the batters and thinking 'Wow I get to play against all of the people I've looked up to,'" Martin said.

Martin, a master's student at the University of Maryland, is in her final season as a redshirt senior for the Terrapin softball squad.  She was redshirted during the 2015 season due to a foot injury.

She began to have ankle issues during her sophomore year and eventually got surgery in the fall of her junior year.  She had her final surgery last May and rehabbed all summer.

"What kept me going is that it's a gift being able to play at Maryland," Martin said.  "It never really came to mind 'Oh you can quit,' it wasn't how I was raised or how my mind works."

It was hard for Martin during her redshirt year as she had to find a new role on the team and assist the team the best she could.

Head Coach Julie Wright who only has been Martin's for a year and a half notes that Martin is "accountable, responsible and a great kid."

"She has worked so hard," Wright said.  "She's very committed to her teammates, the game and playing for something that's bigger than herself."

Over her years at UMD, Martin has become heavily involved with community service.

"My mom has always preached to me and my brother that you should help anyone you can," she said.  "Very strong in family's values, you have a purpose when you help people."

Martin is the Female Student Athlete Representative for the Athletic Council, the Community Engagement Chair for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the overall student athlete liaison for Share the Shell, which is the community outreach program for Maryland Athletics.

“I love doing it because it’s using our platform as a student athlete for more than just playing the game,” Martin said. “It’s really important and awesome to help other people.”

In the beginning of this year SAAC participated in a domestic violence fundraiser that benefitted the House of Ruth shelter in Baltimore. UMD athletics partnered with Penn State and collected money from student athletes to make baskets for the women and children at the shelter.

Additionally, the athletics department has a reading program within the Prince George County school system. Four student athletes a month go to one of the schools and read to the kids.

“I think that it’s really important because a lot of these people who are reading, [the athletes] the kids look up too so it's something more when they hear how important school is from them,” Martin said.

The athletics department also participated in Terpsgiving where the athletes partner with Shoprite to deliver meals at the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  As well as an adopt a family program during the holiday season the athletic department helps about 18 to 20 families and collects money to purchase items on the various families holiday lists.

Some of the other events SAAC has participated in are: food drives, Terps Against Hunger and Terp Thon.

“Basically whoever reaches out to us, we’re always willing to help,” Martin said.

Born and raised in Edmond Okla., Martin chose Maryland because of the family-oriented atmosphere within the university's athletic department.

“Having a family environment was big because I was going so far away from home,” Martin said. “The athletic department just seemed so family oriented, they want the best for you as an athlete.”

Martin is very close with her younger brother Jake, 20, who plays baseball at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

“I talk to my brother all the time to see how we can help each other,” Martin said.

Athletics have always been a huge part of Madison and Jake’s life. She and her brother used to train every weekend together, as they both set their sights on a collegiate career.

Martin lists longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as her sports hero on her umterps.com bio.

Jeter “played the game the right way, he played it hard,” Martin said. “I really admire that about him.”

Both Martin’s dad and grandpa love the Yankees, there’s even a room in her house dedicated to Yankees memorabilia.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in three and a half years from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and continued her studies in pursuing a master’s in supply chain management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She will graduate this May.

Her postgraduate plans include moving to Nashville and to go into logistics and analyzing data in the business field.

“I want to find a job that I have as much passion for as the passion I have for softball,” Martin said. “I want to fill the void.”

Down the stretch of her Terrapin career, Martin doesn’t want to take a single moment for granted.

“Every game is such a blessing to play and have Maryland across your chest.”

Taking Nothing For Granted is a special presentation of umterps.com.

 

Jessica Nocera is a senior in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and is a contributing writer to umterps.com.

 

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When Madison Martin steps on the field she hops over the foul line with her left foot.  When she is pitching she has to pick up the softball herself, spin it once in her glove and then before the inning she clears the dirt in the pitching circle five times.

"I have little things that I do before and during the game that I've done since I can remember," Martin said.

Martin can still recall the first game she played in the Terps uniform when she was a freshman.  It was against an all-star team, a team full of players that had been Martin's inspirations.

"I can still vividly remember all the batters and thinking 'Wow I get to play against all of the people I've looked up to,'" Martin said.

Martin, a master's student at the University of Maryland, is in her final season as a redshirt senior for the Terrapin softball squad.  She was redshirted during the 2015 season due to a foot injury.

She began to have ankle issues during her sophomore year and eventually got surgery in the fall of her junior year.  She had her final surgery last May and rehabbed all summer.

"What kept me going is that it's a gift being able to play at Maryland," Martin said.  "It never really came to mind 'Oh you can quit,' it wasn't how I was raised or how my mind works."

It was hard for Martin during her redshirt year as she had to find a new role on the team and assist the team the best she could.

Head Coach Julie Wright who only has been Martin's for a year andv a half notes that Martin is "accountable, responsible and a great kid."

"She has worked so hard," Wright said.  "She's very committed to her teammates, the game and playing for something that's bigger than herself."

Over her years at UMD, Martin has become heavily involved with community service.

"My mom has always preached to me and my brother that you should help anyone you can," she said.  "Very strong in family's values, you have a purpose when you help people."

Martin is the Female Student Athlete Representative for the Athletic Council, the Community Engagement Chair for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the overall student athlete liaison for Share the Shell, which is the community outreach program for Maryland Athletics.

“I love doing it because it’s using our platform as a student athlete for more than just playing the game,” Martin said. “It’s really important and awesome to help other people.”

In the beginning of this year SAAC participated in a domestic violence fundraiser that benefitted the House of Ruth shelter in Baltimore. UMD athletics partnered with Penn State and collected money from student athletes to make baskets for the women and children at the shelter.

Additionally, the athletics department has a reading program within the Prince George County school system. Four student athletes a month go to one of the schools and read to the kids.

“I think that it’s really important because a lot of these people who are reading, [the athletes] the kids look up too so it's something more when they hear how important school is from them,” Martin said.

The athletics department also participated in Terpsgiving where the athletes partner with Shoprite to deliver meals at the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  As well as an adopt a family program during the holiday season the athletic department helps about 18 to 20 families and collects money to purchase items on the various families holiday lists.

Some of the other events SAAC has participated in are: food drives, Terps Against Hunger and Terp Thon.

“Basically whoever reaches out to us, we’re always willing to help,” Martin said.

Born and raised in Edmond Okla., Martin chose Maryland because of the family-oriented atmosphere within the university's athletic department.

“Having a family environment was big because I was going so far away from home,” Martin said. “The athletic department just seemed so family oriented, they want the best for you as an athlete.”

Martin is very close with her younger brother Jake, 20, who plays baseball at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

“I talk to my brother all the time to see how we can help each other,” Martin said.

Athletics have always been a huge part of Madison and Jake’s life. She and her brother used to train every weekend together, as they both set their sights on a collegiate career.

Martin lists longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as her sports hero on her umterps.com bio.

Jeter “played the game the right way, he played it hard,” Martin said. “I really admire that about him.”

Both Martin’s dad and grandpa love the Yankees, there’s even a room in her house dedicated to Yankees memorabilia.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 3 and a half years from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and continued her studies in pursuing a master’s in supply chain management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She will graduate this May.

Her postgraduate plans include moving to Nashville and to go into logistics and analyzing data in the business field.

“I want to find a job that I have as much passion for as the passion I have for softball,” Martin said. “I want to fill the void.”

Down the stretch of her Terrapin career, Martin doesn’t want to take a single moment for granted.

“Every game is such a blessing to play and have Maryland across your chest.”

Born and raised in Edmond Okla., Martin chose Maryland because of the family-oriented atmosphere within the university's athletic department.

“Having a family environment was big because I was going so far away from home,” Martin said. “The athletic department just seemed so family oriented, they want the best for you as an athlete.”

Martin is very close with her younger brother Jake, 20, who plays baseball at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

“I talk to my brother all the time to see how we can help each other,” Martin said.

Athletics have always been a huge part of Madison and Jake’s life. She and her brother used to train every weekend together, as they both set their sights on a collegiate career.

Martin lists longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as her sports hero on her umterps.com bio.

Jeter “played the game the right way, he played it hard,” Martin said. “I really admire that about him.”

Both Martin’s dad and grandpa love the Yankees, there’s even a room in her house dedicated to Yankees memorabilia.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 3 and a half years from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and continued her studies in pursuing a master’s in supply chain management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She will graduate this May.

Her postgraduate plans include moving to Nashville and to go into logistics and analyzing data in the business field.

“I want to find a job that I have as much passion for as the passion I have for softball,” Martin said. “I want to fill the void.”

Down the stretch of her Terrapin career, Martin doesn’t want to take a single moment for granted.

“Every game is such a blessing to play and have Maryland across your chest.”