Cardinal Success Stories
Madison Ude, sophomore at FWC, has been playing golf since she was 7 years old. The golf course is a place for Madison to take a break from school and everyday life and enjoy the outdoors & the beautiful golf courses in Texas.
"Golf is a difficult sport and hard to consistently shoot good scores," admitted Madison. "This is one reason I love it! Golf is just like life, there are lots of ups and downs, you must learn to be patient, persistent, and never let a bad shot (or a bad day) get you down. Golf builds many life lessons and I’m grateful I am able to play the game."
RISING TO A COACH'S CHALLENGE
In 2019, Madison's average score in tournament play was 83, which included 4 rounds in the 70s. In 2020, before Covid-19 shutdown everything, Madison played 5 tournament rounds and her average score was 81 with 2 rounds in the 70s. Challenged by her coach, Madison set a goal for 2020 to lower her average tournament scores to the 70s. This sparked Madison's idea to raise money for Metroport Meals on Wheels (MMOW) to motivate her to reach her goal. Each time she shoots in the 70s, Madison and her supporters will donate money to MMOW. Metroport Meals On Wheels is a grassroots volunteer advocate for the elderly and those in need through home-delivered meals, and other support services. In April of this year, MMOW celebrated its 40th anniversary. However, not unlike many nonprofits, MMOW has been impacted by COVID-19. Their annual golf tournament that usually raises over $100,000 was canceled due to the pandemic.
GOLFING FOR CHARITY
Madison is doing her part to help MMOW realize its vision of alleviating hunger, isolation, and loneliness in our community.
"I chose MMOW because I want to help seniors who are in need, and MMOW is a charity in the community where I live. From late May 2020 to the end of the year I hope to play around 15-20 tournament rounds. This not only helps out seniors in need, but it also motivates me to improve my game."
MADISON TALKS ABOUT FWC
Madison started at FWC in 3rd Grade. "I love the environment that Fort Worth Christian creates for its students. FWC makes everybody feel welcome as soon as they step on campus. The FWC teachers do more than just teach; they want to learn about their students’ personalities, and they look out for their students. The teachers do a great job at making sure each and every student is known, loved, and valued. All the teachers watch out for their students and want to connect with them. Personally, a lot of the teachers ask me about my golf and that means a lot because they want to do more than just teach; they want to get to know the kids and make sure they are known, loved, and valued."
Madison acknowledges that Fort Worth Christian has helped her grow in her faith. "FWC has taught me so much about my Christian faith and through this I have gotten much closer to God. Before coming to FWC, I was a Christian but I didn’t know a whole lot about it. The 2020-2021 school year will be my 8th year at FWC, and I have learned so much about my Christian faith in those 8 years."
In the past, Madison has not just been a member of the championship golf team at FWC, but also participated in other sports. "The size of FWC allows their students to have the ability to play more than just one sport. In team sports, it feels like you and the team are a family. Everybody is supportive of one another and makes sure that everybody is trying their best."
Lauren Smeds, Girls Athletic Director at Fort Worth Christian, shared this about Madison: "speaking on behalf of the entire athletic coaching staff, we are so proud of Madison. She is a fierce competitor in golf, but her heart for others is even bigger." Smeds continued, "she loves the Lord, and I am amazed that Madison is turning a personal golf challenge into an opportunity to make a difference in our community. Especially during this pandemic, Madison's selfless act of kindness represents the best kind of student-athlete leader we love to see come through FWC!”
SUPPORT MADISON AS SHE SUPPORTS MMOW
If you would like to support Madison Ude on her drive to raise money for Metroport Meals on Wheels to help seniors in need in our community, you can make a pledge for each round of golf in an official competitive tournament (from May to December) that Madison shoots in the 70s, you can contribute a donation to Metroport Meals on Wheels. You pledge $5 to $50 or even higher! To learn more about participating, download Madison's fundraising flyer here.
If you are inspired by Madison and wish to discover FWC for your child, text "GOLF" to 817-520-6200 and our Admissions Team will reach out to you to answer any questions or schedule a tour.
Coach Doug McDougal returns to Fort Worth Christian as the Head Coach for Cross Country.
Coach McDougal was previously part of the Cardinal Cross Country program from 2002 through 2012. The Cardinals were the TAPPS Boys State Champions in 2010 and 2011.
Coach McDougal ran track and cross country at Texas A&M University. Two of his sons attended FWC, and his oldest, Miles, graduated from FWC in 2007. He was most recently the head Cross Country coach at an area Christian school.
Coach McDougal is excited to be coming home to FWC!
RECORDING OF 7/16 WEBINAR:
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We are excited to open school on August 12, and we have a great Smart Start plan in place. If you haven’t had a chance to read the plan, please click here and take a minute to read it.
As you read through the plan and anticipate the start of school, you may have questions. To review our plan and answer your questions, please join me and others on our team for a Zoom webinar on July 16th at 7:00 pm for a panel discussion. Please send us your questions before July 16 by completing the form below. You will also be able to submit questions during the webinar.
Thank you for entrusting Fort Worth Christian to nurture your children academically, socially, and spiritually.
I look forward to being with you next Thursday evening.
Dr. Misty Overman
FWC Head of School
When: July 16, 2020, at 07:00 pm
Topic: FWC Smart Start FLEX
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