Beyond The Trophy: Meet Penn Chapter leader and volleyball outside hitter Maddie McGregor
Each week during the fall sports season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Get To Know Maddie McGregor from University of Pennsylvania: A native of Chicago, Maddie made her collegiate volleyball debut as a freshman in 2019 against Lafayette and also registered her first kill. … In 2020, All Ivy League sports were canceled, so 2021 was the first full season as a regular for Maddie. She played in all 23 matches a year ago, with 15 starts, and led the Quakers in service aces and was fourth in kills. … Maddie attended the Leadership Development Conference and Young Investigator Draft in 2022, and stepped into a chapter leadership role for the women’s volleyball program. The inaugural volleyball Lift For Life earlier this year to inspire and support the Rare Disease Community was a huge success.
What is your most memorable experience as a college athlete?
McGREGOR: The team bonding (10 days) during preseason, traveling and sharing a room with different teammates on different away trips.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
McGREGOR: I heard about it from a friend on the football team, didn’t know anything about the mission but have always been driven to help, inspire and improve the lives of others.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
McGREGOR: I used to be a competitive swimmer and I’m proficient in French and American sign language.
What is the one piece of advice you would give a high school player with aspirations to play college sports?
McGREGOR: Know your worth and that your wants and needs should come first - go where you feel wanted and where you would be happy without sports.
If you could play another sport, what would it be and why?
McGREGOR: Track & Field. I did it in high school and I loved the thrill of racing.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
McGREGOR: Naomi Osaka, she brings awareness to important causes and really uses her platform.
HOT SEAT QUESTIONS
What one word best describes you?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
McGREGOR: Chicago Blackhawks
What is your perfect pizza?
McGREGOR: Lou Malnati’s deep dish with sausage
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
McGREGOR: Panda Express or Culver’s
What interests or hobbies do you have outside of sports?
McGREGOR: Floral arranging, photography, volunteering, music and concerts