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Bronco gymnast lending a hand to healthcare workers by putting something in their hands

Right now with the coronavirus, we’re all forced to be a little more flexible.

That is something Boise State gymnast Maddi Nilson exceeds in.

“I can vividly remember when and where I found out that my season was canceled,” Nilson said. “I was in our chemistry computer lab.”

Nilson is a chemistry major and wants to be a pediatric surgeon. Before the pandemic, she was a volunteer in St. Luke’s pediatric playroom.

“(Healthcare workers) are doing so awesome,” she said in a Zoom interview. “We really wanted to show we are still behind them.”

So she created 50 coffee mugs to send to workers in the health system.

“I think everyone was smiling because everyone was wearing masks,” Nilson said.

Nilson was inspired by BroncoBOLD, a group of student athletes that focuses on mental health.

“Physical and mental health go hand in hand,” she said. “So BroncoBOLD really focuses on taking care of your mental health so your physical health can also prosper.”

Now, Nilson and her teammates are practicing for next year. Even in the gym, things are different.

“The gym has a full capacity that is less than our team and our coaches and trainers,” she said. “I am not in the same practice groups as some of my teammates, so I rarely ever get to see them.”

Sandesh Ilhe
Sandesh Ilhe
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