May 19, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- It truly was a breakout year for freshman Maggie Strange. She started 48 of the Wisconsin softball team's 51 games at catcher and was recognized for her community service contributions, making an impact on the Wisconsin softball program in just her first season.
A native of Gallatin, Mo., Strange finished her initial campaign ranking seventh all-time among UW freshmen with 238 putouts and 10th with a .971 fielding percentage. She also threw out 27 percent of would-be base-stealers, proving herself to be a vital asset behind the plate. In limited time in the batter's box, Strange collected five hits, two doubles, five RBI and scored two runs in just 31 at-bats.
Strange does more than just support the Wisconsin pitching staff, she also supports her community. At the 2010 Buckinghams, a formal event that showcases the off-the-field talents of UW's student-athletes through performances and a number of awards, Strange was awarded the Individual Community Service Award.
"It was actually a shock for me when that happened," she said. "I didn't realize putting that much effort into the community back home was that big of a deal, but obviously it was for a good cause. I just didn't realize I was going to be winning that award so it was pretty nice to be rewarded for that."
Strange supports her hometown in many ways. From working with kindergarteners, to helping her local youth softball program, to spending time with the elderly, Strange proves a truly active and caring community member.
"I worked with kindergarteners a lot," Strange said. "I would hang out with them and teach them and kept them entertained."
Strange worked with kindergartners very often, spending a few hours, every other day with them after school.
"I'd go over and help out Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which worked out to be about four to six hours a week with them," she added.
Strange also helped out with the local youth softball teams, coaching and umpiring in her spare time.
She didn't stop there, though. Through her involvement with FBLA, the Future Business Leaders of America and the FFA, the Future Farmers of America, Strange spent many days visiting with the elderly in her community.
"One project I did through FBLA, was help them create an email account so they could keep in touch with family," Strange said. "Through the FFA, we held a Christmas dinner for them."
Overall, Strange values the time she puts into community service.
"I think it's good to give back to the community, whether it's in Madison or back in your hometown," she explained. "They do a lot for you, supporting you with school and athletics. It's good to give back."