Happy Thanksgiving, Wherever You Are!
By Ros Gold-Onwude
On behalf of the New York Liberty players and staff, we would like to wish all of our fans and New York/New Jersey natives a wonderful Thanksgiving. On the heels of Hurricane Sandy, the region and so many families have faced immense adversity but true to New York, we have stuck together and still have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Our organization is thankful to have a presence in our fans’ lives, and we continue to be grateful for the support and loyalty that we receive.
We asked current Liberty players Essence Carson, Cappie Pondexter, Kelley Cain, Alex Montgomery, Kara Braxton, Plenette Pierson, Liberty legend Kym Hampton and vice president of marketing and business operations for the New York Liberty, Kristin Bernert to share a bit about their Thanksgiving plans for this year as well as their best holiday memories.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
Essence: My favorite side dish is stuffing with gravy (no mushrooms).
Cappie: Banana pudding.
Kelley: Grandma Ward's mac and cheese and my Grandma Cain's sweet potato casserole.
Plenette: Sweet potato casserole, greens, and hot water cornbread.
Kym: It's a combo. I like to take a bite of stuffing, Mac n cheese and cranberry sauce at the same time.
Kristin: All of them. Can I say that?
What was your most memorable Thanksgiving?
Essence: My most memorable Thanksgiving would have to be the last one I spent with my grandmother prior to me leaving for college. I believe this would have to be November of 2003 since in 2004, I was in school.
Cappie: Most memorable would be last year in Russia. A few of my friends came to visit and we cooked food and invited my teammates and friends over. We had such great time eating and talking. Then later on we left to karaoke!!
Kelley: I usually have family reunions on Thanksgiving weekend every year. I’m sad I'm going to miss it this year. Thanksgiving is usually when I get to see all my family since I am constantly busy playing basketball.
Alex: Any one that I am spending time with family.
Kym: 1997. Spoon and I were in the Macy's Day Parade and as soon as we passed the TV camera, we were whisked off to the airport to fly home to our families. She went to Texas and I went to Kentucky. We were home in time for dinner.
Kristin: Best memory of Thanksgiving was when my first dog Price ate the apple pie. We cleared the table and took a break before dessert. Someone made the mistake of putting the apple pie on the coffee table. We found her face first in it. I'm pretty sure it was the best day of her life.
How will you spend the holiday overseas?
Essence: This year I will actually celebrate it with Cappie and a few other friends. We have a nice dinner planned for this week. Turkey in Turkey!
Cappie: Usually my close friends come over and we cook and I usually invite my teammates and friends over!!
Kelley: This is going to be my first Thanksgiving overseas. I doubt I'll be doing anything besides practice.
Alex: I’ll spend it with my Brazilian teammates and their families.
Kara: I will probably cook for my teammates!
Plenette: I will make some kind of Thanksgiving feast from the ingredients that I can find over here....
What are you thankful for?
Essence: I'm thankful for this life I get to live. I've had the chance to be blessed with many opportunities. Also, sometimes we don't say that we're thankful for the mistakes we've made that allow us to become better, wiser, and more genuine people. In our experiences there are lessons to be learned; so, I want to say thank you for all that I have learned. Now, I can help others.
Cappie: I’m thankful that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and blessed me with such a great family!!!
Kelley: I am truly thankful for my health and my family. Without God and my family's love and support, I would not be the person I am today.
Alex: My family!
Kara: I am thankful for my family. I love them and they keep me balanced! I don't know where I would be without them!
Plenette: I'm thankful for a loving family, a great career, all my fans and the opportunity to do something that I love while traveling the world and getting paid for it. I'm also thankful for all the lives that I have touched.
Kristin: Our house got hit really hard by Hurricane Sandy. I’m still stunned and humbled by the response of friends and family. Needless to say, I am most thankful for them.