Madeline Malizio never gave up, and never complained.
Malizio, 28, is juggling a lot in her life. She has been an Army Specialist for the past five years. She is going to school at CCAC for legal studies. She is a single mother to a 3-year-old son. And she has been balancing all of this on humble means.
Malizio doesn’t own a car, which means a lot of bus rides to school, work and daycare. And it means a lot of standing in the cold and waiting. But she refused to let that stand in the way of achieving her goals.
That all changed on Friday.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby heard about Malizio’s plight. And he wanted to do something for her. After meeting her inside the team’s locker room following practice, they walked to a corner of the facility at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Crosby opened a garage door and behind it was a brand-new 2019 Honda Passport.
Actually, it was Malizio’s brand-new 2019 Honda Passport.
“Sidney Crosby got me a car!” Malizio exclaimed to a few media afterward. “It’s been the best day ever. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am, and how blessed I feel for what he’s done today.”
Crosby had originally won the car after being named the MVP of the NHL’s 2019 All-Star Game in January, leading the Metro Division to a tournament championship. And Crosby wanted to pay it forward.
“He was telling me how he heard about my story and he wanted to do something to help my situation,” Malizio said. “I was confused. I wasn’t sure what he could be talking about. He…