By Walter Munday
Less than a month ago, Madison McCoy was celebrating with her Louisville Male High School Bulldog teammates after her team clinched the 2019 Girls Kentucky High School State Softball Championship. Today, Madison is working in our Athletics Division helping coach/mentor participants in our Reds Rookie Success League, a program sponsored by the Reds Community Fund; the non-profit arm of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds Community Fund strives to create programs that connects underserved children with the game of baseball and softball. Locally, more than 250 kids participate at Petersburg and Wyandotte Parks during the summer.
But for Madison, spending time working with kids is nothing new. She began attending Cyril Allgeier Community Center in the 3rd grade. She was a regular, participating in almost all of the recreational programs offered at the center including: volleyball, basketball, summer camp and flag football. She was even inducted as an inaugural member of the center’s Hall of Fame when she was just 14 years old.
Since high school, Madison has spent her summers working as a summer camp counselor at the center. But this year, she moved into a new position working specifically with the Red’s Rookie Success League, a program teaching kids ages 6-14 years-old, the fundamentals of baseball/softball including proper batting stance/swing, how to field the ball, throwing techniques, and proper base-running maneuvers.
For Madison, it wasn’t that long ago when she was on the receiving end of such tutelage. She began her career in softball on Diamond #4 just up the street at Germantown Little League off Poplar Level Road. A quick learner, Madison was a member of the 2014 Germantown Girls Softball Team which was the first team from Germantown to reach the Babe Ruth World Series in Alachua, Florida. Madison enrolled at Louisville Male High School, and instantly became a starter her freshman year. Here’s a list of Madison’s high school career stats:
- 1st in Hits, Hit by Pitch, Runs Scored and tied for 1st in Triples
- 2nd in at Bats, Games Played and tied for Plate Appearances
- 3rd in Total Bases & Extra Base Hits (tied)
- 4th in Home Runs, RBIs and Stolen Bases
This was a magical year for Madison and her teammates.
Not only did they complete only the second perfect season in Kentucky state history, but the lady Bulldogs finished the season No. 1 in the final USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll.
For Madison, the lone senior on the team, she’s decided to put up the bat, glove and cleats, and focus her attention on her studies as she’ll enroll at the University of Kentucky this fall. Madison plans to major in Pre-Med with dreams of becoming an Obstetrician. In the meantime, she continues to work with our kids this summer helping them develop not only their athletic skills, but more importantly, character-based skills such as Cooperation, Integrity, Respect, Education, Determination and Spirit.