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Written by Haley Hansel
IOWA CITY, Iowa — As Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holiday season the University of Iowa softball team has taken the time to come together and celebrate as a makeshift family.
Sticking with tradition, 19 student-athletes along with coaches, trainers and managers organized the second annual potluck Thanksgiving the weekend before the Hawkeyes headed home for break.
“I really love this tradition that we started last year to have a team run Thanksgiving,” senior Megan Blank said. “This team is a family, so it’s definitely special to be able to celebrate with each other.”
Along with a dinner consistent of turkey, mashed potatoes and plenty of dessert, the evening most notably consisted of thankfulness for the family Iowa softball has become.
“I think the tradition that we’ve started is something really meaningful,” junior Whitney Repole said. “That speaks a lot to how much like a family we really are.”
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a Hawkeye and to have such an amazing group of girls to spend my senior year with,” Blank said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Around the table players made specific mention of how fortunate they felt to have a family atmosphere at the UI while they are away from home.
“Thanksgiving was so much fun. Getting the opportunity to spend time with all the individuals I’m thankful for was very special,” sophomore Kara Misel said. “I’m thankful I get to play with and know these amazing teammates and call them family.”