Shippensburg University sports: Reuther presented with Strous scholarship

Maddie Reuther

The fifth Amanda K. Strous Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship has been presented and the recipient is Shippensburg University senior Maddie Reuther.

As the recipient of the scholarship, Reuther will have the privilege of wearing uniform No. 22 in her senior season with the Raiders. She joins Sarah Womer (2020), Mikayla Cheney (2019), Ally Mooney (2018) and Brooke Sheibley (2017) as Strous Scholarship recipients.

“Since joining our program, Maddie Reuther has had a team-first mindset; and her attitude to improve has been the difference maker for her development,” head coach Tara Zollinger said. “Her love for Ship hockey has grown each year and inspires and motivates her teammates to be the best hockey players they can be; but more importantly, the best teammates they can be. We are proud of Maddie; and we are excited to see the pride and passion she plays with in the No. 22 jersey this fall season.”

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About the scholarship

The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Amanda Strous; a beloved member of the Shippensburg University Field Hockey team, first as a player and later as an assistant coach.

Strous, as she was affectionately called, played field hockey at Shippensburg from 2007-2011; graduating with a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in art. Amanda returned to Ship in the fall of 2012; beginning a three-year run as an assistant coach on the field hockey team, while studying for her master’s degree in mental health counseling.

In 2013, Strous was the primary assistant on the Shippensburg squad that won its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship.

Field hockey was Amanda’s passion and a guiding force in her life.  It was more than just being an athlete and an assistant coach; it was the life lessons she learned which meant the most to her.

In her own words: “Ship Hockey was some of the best times of my life and it always held a special place in my heart. This program shaped me into a better person. Ship Field Hockey is more than just a team, it’s family. I was proud to be a Lady Raider and that will never change. I love my best friend Ship Hockey. Please continue to find passion and meaning in your life, for without those two things, life is meaningless.”

Though her own life was cut short in 2016, Amanda immeasurably touched the lives of her Ship Hockey family; as well as all those she met. The scholarship ensures Amanda’s love of the sport, her team spirit, generosity, desire to help others and her love for all will live on in perpetuity.

The following is a question-and-answer session with Reuther:

What does it mean to you to wear No. 22 and receive the scholarship?

To be given the honor of wearing No. 22 and receiving the scholarship means so much to me. The story of Amanda and her legacy carries so much significance on this team and I am so grateful that I get to represent her love for Ship Field Hockey this fall. Brooke, Mooney, Cheney, and Sarah, the previous recipients of the scholarship, are all amazing women on and off the field and players I have always looked up to. To be given the opportunity to wear No. 22 with the same pride and dignity as the players before me is a huge honor and privilege.

What lessons have you gained from hearing and learning the legacy that Amanda Strous has here at Shippensburg University?

Every single person that had the honor to know, play with, or work with Amanda Strous has vocalized that she cared so deeply about her SUFH family. She was known for her contagious smile and positivity and encouraged her teammates to compete at the best of their abilities. Amanda’s selfless attitude and team-first mentality continue to be huge aspects of the Ship Field Hockey culture. Through learning about Amanda’s immense impact on this program, I feel like I truly know what it means to be a member of the Ship Field Hockey family.

How does this motivate you as you enter your final season with SHIP?

Amanda’s quote, “I love my best friend Ship Hockey” will constantly be going through my mind throughout my final season with Ship. Every single time I step foot on the field, I will be reminded of the love, passion, and dedication Amanda had for the game. Wearing No. 22 will certainly fuel my work ethic, leadership, and pride for my senior season. Whenever we do our pregame synchronous “22” chant, I will instantly be motivated to embody Amanda’s “Live, Laugh, Love” mantra. I am so honored to wear her number and can’t wait to be a part of her legacy.

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