Orange Lutheran senior Conner Madison spent several of his elementary years in Peru with his family as missionaries. When he first arrived in the country, he didn’t speak a bit of Spanish. But he found a unique way to communicate with the Peruvians – through the sport of soccer.
“In Peru, soccer is a huge thing,” says Madison. “Since I didn’t speak Spanish when I first got there, I started playing soccer with them. And that’s how we communicated. That’s how I met all of my friends and how I picked up Spanish.”
Madison loves to run, which makes him a great fit at midfielder for the Lancer varsity squad. His focus this season is to step up more as a leader, have fun and do the best he can.
“Conner is a very mature young man in every aspect,” says OLu boys soccer head coach, Csaba Feher. “He is committed to our program and keeps us on the top of his priority list. His integrity, strong work ethic, and camaraderie are very valuable assets to our daily operation, and he is always available for all of us, especially reaching out to the younger players for getting them connected into our culture.”
Madison’s time in the Lancer soccer program has taught him the meaning of patience, and he has been influenced by OLu Head of Sports Performance, Christian Lozon, who helps to instill a strong work ethic into all Lancer student-athletes.
“Coach Lozon encourages us to get bigger, get stronger and always put in the work,” says the 18-year old. “Whatever we do, put a 110 (percent) effort into it so we can get better.”
Outside of soccer, Madison is a black belt Tae Kwon Do instructor, as well as a club basketball player. He is also a four-year member of the OLu Missions Program and has enjoyed giving back and serving his community.
“Through the class, they prepare you for after high school to be in those roles,” says Madison. “The Missions staff comes alongside you to encourage you and strengthen you in your faith and just as a person.”
Madison hopes to continue sports at the collegiate level, either playing soccer or basketball. He is grateful for his father, who has always been a strong encourager. And he knows that playing with the right attitude can go a long way in both athletics and life.
“Just play the game and have fun and try to honor God,” says Madison. “It’s about having that tight-knit community to fall back on, and knowing we are all there for each other. You don’t need to be the star player on the team. You just need to work together as a team to win.”