SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge student/athlete Madylin Marino was honored at the luncheon for the National Girls and Women in Sports held at Seton Hall University on Sunday. 

Marino attended the event with her parents, Andrea and Ed Marino, along with over 900 other female athletes throughout the state.

"Being nominated for this award has been one of the most rewarding and outstanding experiences of my life," said Madylin. "This unique award ties together every single aspect of my high school athletic career as well as all of the accomplishments that have come with it. It is such an honor to be awarded alongside a large group of talented, dedicated, and gifted women of the high school and collegiate levels."

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"I am blessed to have the opportunities that I do as a woman in sports, and it is incredible that I, along with many other hardworking women, are getting the recognition that they deserve."

Maddie had been a member of Wood-Ridge's championship volleyball team, competition cheer team, and softball team. She has been coached by her mother in both volleyball and softball.

"It was amazing to see how far women's sports have come since I played in college in the early 90's," said Andrea. "The athletes today are just so amazingly talented, gifted and strong young women both on the playing fields and the classroom." 

"Watching Maddie receive the award was very special," she continued. "Being both her mom and coach, I know first hand, how much she dedicates to every sport and activity she is involved in, and we couldn’t be more proud of her and her accomplishments." 

The luncheon held additional meaning for Andrea from her collegiate career at William Paterson.

"One of my role models, Sandy Ferrerella, my college volleyball coach, was also honored for her 41 years of coaching at WPU (William Paterson University," she explained. "It was so surreal for me, as she has been a true pioneer of women's athletics, and I was fortunate enough to have learned so much from her.  So to have my daughter and my college coach both of whom are role models for me, being recognized for their contributions to women's athletics was especially emotional."  

February 5, 2020, marked the 34th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). The "celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life," according to its website. The annual event is sponsored by the Women's Sports Foundation.


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