There are many things to be thankful for every day, but Thanksgiving gives us an entire day to reflect on the most important things to each and every one of us. I am thankful for having an amazing husband, wonderful family and friends and my health and happiness. On top of those things, I am also fortunate enough to have a rewarding profession which allows me to travel to Cancun, Mexico (my first time out of the country!) and spend the holiday with the Golden Gophers women's basketball team.
As the team prepares to open the Cancun Challenge today at 12:00 p.m. against Richmond, the Gophers shared with me what they are most thankful for on this day.
Rachel Banham, sophomore guard - "I am thankful for my family, friends, food, my health and basketball."
Sari Noga, junior guard - "I am thankful for my friends, family, food, health, my faith and Peter."
Mikayla Bailey, freshman guard - "I am thankful for my family, my grandparents, my team, my health and to be able to play basketball on Thanksgiving with the Gophers."
Leah Cotton, senior guard - "I am thankful for my family, my friends, that I have the opportunity to go to college and to have the opportunity to go to Cancun."
Shayne Mullaney, freshman guard - "I am thankful my family, friends, health and to be able to play basketball in Cancun! And for my puppy dog Tootsie."
Jackie Johnson, freshman forward - "I am thankful my family and friends and all of the people that I have around me and help influence my life. I am also thankful that I am here (in Cancun)."
Kayla Hirt, redshirt freshman, forward - "I am thankful for my friends and family, to be able to play basketball and to be spending Thanksgiving with my team."
Danye Guinn, Director of Operations - "I am thankful for my family."
Kate Taber, Athletic Trainer - "I am thankful for having a job where I am able to have the opportunity to spend a week in paradise."