Maddy Thomas '22
Building community, character on the field and amid the flames
During college, Maddy Thomas '22 has spent her springs on the softball field as a catcher for the Pirates and her summers in the forests as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. Below, the health science major reflects on how both experiences have taught her lessons in teamwork and overcoming the odds.
Community and culture were two of the biggest things that drew me to Whitworth and have been themes I hold true to my heart as I venture outside the Pinecone Curtain. Drive, discipline, respect and integrity are all blocks in the foundation of my collegiate softball and academic career. Finding these in the summer months amidst coniferous forests and flames as a wildland firefighter has been the most formative experience. Having outlets that allow me to experience the extremes of teamwork and camaraderie has brought out attributes in myself I did not know I held. Whitworth has demanded the most out of me, and I am forever thankful for the demanding nature of this university and the tone in which we choose to pursue every day.
The softball program here at Whitworth has shown me the importance of representing something that is larger than oneself. Outside of individual stats, accolades and previous successes, collegiate athletics have taught me how to push past all odds and seek success as a cohesive unit. Firefighting has done the same and then some.