Female Athlete of the Month: Madeline Sansone

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Madeline Sansone.

By Milan Eagle media

Madeline Sansone was born in Columbus, OH. When she was about 8 years old her parents divorced; her mom took a job in Michigan and she and her sister, Sophia, moved to Milan. She went to school at St. Paul Lutheran in Ann Arbor from 3rd-8th grade. She started high school in Milan where she’s now a senior
Madeline said she’s been interested in sports pretty much her whole life. Her dad was a fan of college football and living in Columbus she grew up watching Ohio State and she’s been a fan ever since.
When she was younger, Madeline’s mom swam for many years and she influenced Madeline to become part of the Milan Club Swim Team where she swam competitively for about 3 years. Madeline also played recreational softball, school basketball, decided to cheerlead, and played school volleyball from 5th-8th grade. She realized volleyball was the sport for her and something that she was passionate about. Family friends told her about Huron Valley Volleyball Club when she was in the 6th grade, and that anyone could tryout. She went to her club volleyball tryout right after a swim meet (where she got her state cut in the 100 breast), and she made the top team for her age group. That’s when she felt her confidence and her passion for volleyball, and she knew she would always love it.
Madeline said she played volleyball, “the best sport on earth”, and started out as an outside hitter, then transitioned into being a DS (defensive specialist) and a Libero. She said she was put into these categories of being a backrow player because she wasn’t going to be as tall as everyone else. She been playing volleyball for about 8 years and has loved every moment of it. Her freshman year at Milan, she was the only freshman on the Varsity team. “We had 3 different coaches for the Milan Girls Varsity Volleyball program, and they all were amazing. I really value and appreciate all they have taught me, and they have made me into the person that I am today. My club coaches also made a great impact on me. All of my coaches in the past have been there for me through and through and are definite role models for me and will be for the rest of my life”, she said.
Madeline joined DECA to improve her abilities to connect business and marketing activities, and to further her knowledge. She’s in a program called SWCC (South Washtenaw Community Consortium) and is part of the Marketing 2 program at Saline High School, where she runs the Saline High School store, The Edge. This program has helped her figure out what she wants to do and what she plans on doing for college.
She’s an assistant coach for a U14 girls club volleyball team, as well as a coach for a 10U girls volleyball team. She said, “Overall, volleyball has been the one thing in my life that has always gotten me out of my shell and brought me confidence in being sporty and being girly at the same time.”
Madeline plans to attend Grand Valley University in Allendale, MI. where she will double major in Health Information Management and Finance. She feels very passionate about choosing this degree because it allows her to be on the business side of medicine, both are things she enjoys.

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