Madison Boris - Oklahoma Interview by Clara Soler Nomination and Photography by Kim Boris Issue 27 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Madison is a sophomore at OU. She’s cheers on the OU coed squad. She’ll be applying to dental hygiene school in November. Madison has torn both ACL’s, a meniscus, and an MCL sprain within 14 months of each other when she was 15. She sat on the sidelines watching Owasso Varsity cheer & T&S Diamonds, helping coach, and cheering them on when she was recovering. Madison’s senior year she made All State cheerleader. She went on to Worlds and placed 2nd. She never gave up! Madison has inspired many to keep fighting the fight and keep living their dreams.
What would you like to share about your injuries that could motivate others? I have torn my right and left ACL, yes, both of them. Every time that gets brought up; people always say, “oh if that were me, then I would have been done after the first one.” I chuckle to that and just nod. I have learned that people give up so easy, but they preach about how they love what they do. If you love what you do, then why would you give up when the going gets tough? I was always motivated by my passion and love for cheerleading. Each day I knew that I was one step closer to being back with my team. Injuries suck, believe me, but they only make you stronger. Use your love and your passion for whatever you do to fight through the pain.
How has your injury impacted your cheering? My injury heavily impacted my cheering. One ACL surgery and rehabilitation takes about six months before you begin your sport. After having two surgeries, I was out for a while. I am back to stunting and tumbling, but there are certain things that I could do before my injury that I am unable to do now. Even though I am unable to do some things, I am grateful that I can cheer again. Every time I cheer, I always cheer like it is my last because you never know what could happen.
How has your life changed from before and after your injuries? My life changed completely after my injuries. I was able to have a whole new perspective on life. My relationship with God grew closer than it was before, and I was able to understand why I had to overcome those obstacles. If I could go back and change the past, I wouldn’t. I learned so much more from my injuries than I would have learned without them.
In what ways has your participation in cheer impacted other ways of your life? Cheer has impacted other aspects of my life in many ways. I have learned time-management skills; going from school to practice then to another practice. I had to find time to do my homework and times for when I needed a break. Cheer taught me how to be selfless because you are always doing something for the person next to you.
Madison will be featured in issue 27 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!