Thankful for the USC Trojan family

This year, I am especially thankful for the blessings that playing my sport has come with. In particular, I’m grateful to be a part of the Trojan Family.

Courtesy of USC Sports Information

USC volleyball teammate Hannah Schraer (back row, second from left) invited Emily Young (back row, third from left) to her family's Thanksgiving dinner.

Like many NCAA Division-I athletes, between playing my sport and having to handle all of my school responsibilities, there often isn’t time to make the journey home (to Illinois) for Thanksgiving. For the Women of Troy, we had a practice on Thanksgiving morning so we could prepare for our regular-season finale against UCLA the next day.

This Thanksgiving, I was welcomed into Hannah Schraer's home to spend it with her wonderful family. I was received with open arms, hugs and kisses, and had a fabulous time.

As a second-year guest at the Schraer Thanksgiving, I had the honor of saying grace. I wanted to pass this blessing on to you and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays!

A Thanksgiving Poem

Dear Lord, pass the turkey
Stuff us with your love and grace
Spoon me some cranberry sauce
With your blessing, let us taste

Gathered here, together
Spoon, fork, and knife
Corn soufflé and butter
Glad to have you in my life

Brussels sprouts and yams
Fill me, nice and tender
Don't have too many
They are gaseous, remember!

Those closest to my heart
Sharing this meal filled with love
Just think ... there is still pie
For our countless blessings I thank above