Q&A with CAC's athletic trainer Maddie Awtrey
Let’s start with the basics! From where and when did you graduate college?
I graduated from Harding University in 2015 with a degree in athletic training.
Tell us about you and your family.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, so yes, I’m a Cardinals fan. I have two older brothers. We’re pretty spread out – one is in Colorado and the other is down in Texas. Growing up, our vacations were camping or going up to Colorado. My dad was a youth minister, so we went on a lot of missions trips over the summer. We just love to spend time outside whenever we’re together.
What made you want to choose athletic training as a career?
In high school I had the opportunity to take Intro to Athletic Training classes and was able to work closely with our athletic trainer. Learning about that made me realize I definitely wanted to be in the medical field. At Harding, I was in the athletic training program there and I really loved working with the student-athlete population. Being an athlete myself growing up, it was a good fit for me.
Though it may be hard to believe, you’ve already been at CAC for a year now. What has been your favorite part?
Yeah, for sure! The previous two years I worked in the Little Rock Public School District, which was nice and I really enjoyed it. But, coming to a private Christian school, I’ve noticed it’s a lot more family and community focused. When I first started, and I was the new kid on the block, everyone was so welcoming. The community here is a lot like what I had at Harding, which is nice.
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