This year for Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to spend the week in The Bahamas with our team! I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful and amazing everything was, it was seriously one of the best experiences of my life. The native people of the island were so warm and welcoming as each of them had a contagious positive and joyful spirit that followed them. It was also my first time leaving the country so it was my first time to experience having a passport and going through customs at the airport, quite the process. The island itself was absolutely, the sand was soft, the water was blue, and skies were clear. I honestly don’t think there was much to complain about being on the beach in 70-80 degree weather in late November.
Because people in the Bahamas don’t acknowledge Thanksgiving as a holiday, every time we made our way to the gym for games and practices, the local students were still in school. Each time we got off the bus, the greeted us with big smiles and waving at us through the windows of the school and few that even followed us to the gym, peeking in to watch us play. Everyone there was super nice, and very laid back, the laid-back environment definitely made us feel like we were at home.
Despite the chill atmosphere, the sunshine, and beach time…you can’t forget the real reason why we were there, basketball. Overall, even with two tough losses to Notre Dame and Louisiana Tech, we left the island a stronger and tougher unit than when we came. We grew together, overcame adversity together, and got better, which is all we can ask for.
Basketball has allowed me to travel and see so many places that ordinarily I probably would never to get to see and that’s something that I will never take for granted. Every day I wake up so blessed to do what I love, and with people I love and care so much about. So excited to see what the next adventure brings…
Check out the videos below of all my adventures in the Bahamas: