WNBA players share what they are most thankful for

Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

Current WNBA players are scattered across the globe during this holiday season. Some will spend Thanksgiving Day overseas while others will be home enjoying a home-cooked turkey dinner with their friends and family. But no matter how they may be spending the holiday, these talented basketball players have a lot to be thankful for.

Helen Darling, Charlotte Sting:

Helen Darling is thankful for WNBA fans.
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Most thankful for...
I am truly thankful for my family and friends for all their support. My sweet, precious triplets (JaJuan, Jalen, & Nevaeh), they are not only a blessing but my motivation. I am also thankful for our fans. Your support has giving us 10 great years with more to come. Thanks!

Thanksgiving plans...
I will spend this thanksgiving with my family and friends in Columbus, Ohio.

K.B. Sharp, Indiana Fever:
Most thankful for...
I am very thankful for many things this holiday season. The number one thing I am thankful for is my life. It is truly a blessing to me to be able to wake up everyday and live life. I am very thankful for my family. I am very thankful for the ability to play basketball. I am very thankful to be able to play basketball overseas, and to get to see different parts of the world that I wouldn't normally get a chance to see. I am thankful for all the different people I have met, and have become friends with.

Thanksgiving plans...
I will definitely be missing Thanksgiving this year. I will miss getting to see my family. And I will definitely miss my mom's stuffing!!!

Most thankful playing with...
I am thankful to be able to play with all of my WNBA teammates. They are a great group of women, and I am lucky to have the chance to play with them, and be friends with them.

Nikki Blue, Washington Mystics:

Nikki Blue will play the game "Catch Phrase" with her huge family.
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Most thankful for...
This holiday season I am most thankful for life and love. Sometimes we take life for granted and we get wrapped up in worrying about all the things that go wrong in our lives and we dont take time to appreciate the fact that we are living! I am so grateful that God continues to bless me day after day with another chance to live! As for love, I am thankful that I am surrounded by people who love and care about me as a person. I have the best family and friends that anyone could have and I am going to make sure that this holiday season I display how thankful I am of them..

Thanksgiving plans...
I will be spending my Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends. Every year we pick a house to have dinner at and this year it will be at my cousins new 5 bedroom house in my hometown of Bakersfield. We have a huge family (30 or more adults and kids), and our tradition is to play the word game "Catch Phrase". My family is very loud and crazy so you can only imagine the fun that we have Thanksgiving day.

Most thankful playing with...
Although I love all my WNBA teammates, I am most thankful to be playing with Alana Beard, Tamara James, Crystal Robinson, and Delisha Milton-Jones. They have all accepted me in to thier own personal families and they have made Washington a comfortable home away from home. I can not wait until we meet up again!

Tina Thompson, Houston Comets:

Tina Thompson is thankful for the same things every year.
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Most thankful for...
Every year I'm thankful for the same things, it never changes. I'm happy that my family and friends are healthy and that we have one another and hopeful that others have the same love.

Thanksgiving plans...
I will be spending my Thanksgiving in Russia this year, which is a first. What I will miss most is being close to family and friends as well as my kitchen. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and my favorite meal to cook.

Most thankful playing with...
I'm thankful for all my teammates past and present. They have all played an important role in my career successes, and for that I am thankful. I am most thankful for Kim Perrot, Tammy Jackson, Tiffani Johnson and Kelley Gibson. They helped me through some tough times in this game and I love them and I am truly blessed to have them as friends and teammates.

Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury:
Most thankful for...
I'm thankful for life, basketball, family and close friends who love me for me, and God's continuous grace.

Thanksgiving plans...
I will be spending time this Thanksgiving with my cousin Jeff and my teammates overseas.

Most thankful playing with...
I am thankful to be playing with Linda Frohlich and Tammy Sutton-Brown, who are on my current team.

Marie Ferdinand, San Antonio Silver Stars:
Most thankful for...
This Holiday Season I am most thankful for my beautiful family, new home, great health, and, lastly, loving family and friends.

Thanksgiving plans...
I will be spending my Thanksgiving Holiday at home in San Antonio with my hubby Cedrick, my son CJ, and my wonderful in-laws.

Most thankful playing with...
I am most Thankful to be playing alongside Chantelle Anderson -- Really nice individual.

Betty Lennox, Seattle Storm:
Most thankful for...
I am most thankful for the opportunity that God has given me to spend with my family and friends this offseason. I am also thankful to be working with the Habitat for Humanity and providing homes to families that are less fortunate.

Thanksgiving plans...
I will be "COOKING" in the kitchen for my family and friends. Something that you all thought I could not do. With my apron and the whole nine.

Most thankful playing with...
I am very thankful that God gave me another opportunity to play with Janell Burse and win a championship together along with playing and getting
to know Lauren Jackson.

Ann Strother, Phoenix Mercury:

Ann Strother is thankful to have Diana Taurasi as a teammate.
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Most thankful for...
I am most thankful for my family and friends. When you travel and live so far away from your family you really get excited to have the chances to go home and spend some quality time with those people that mean so much to you. I also am thankful for friendships. When I was in college I was spoiled to have had some of my best friends living right next door to me, so now that we are all in all different places in the world, I realize how easy I had it in college and how fortunate I was. I would also say that I am thankful for our troops and for the freedom that we have. There are so many things that we don't have to worry about because of their efforts and what they do for our country!

Thanksgiving plans...
I am spending Thanksgiving down in Florida with my mom and grandparents. I have a wedding to go to in Chicago on the 18th and then I'm driving my grandparents car from Chicago to Florida with my mom and meeting my grandparents down there; on the beach!!

Most thankful playing with...
I would have to say that I am extremely thankful to have been given the opportunity to play with my former teammate from UConn, you may have heard of her, Diana Taurasi. Not only is she one of the best players in the country, she is great to be around. All of my teammates are a ton of fun and we all get along great, so I really am thankful to be playing with all of them! PS. Penny get well!

Chantelle Anderson, San Antonio Silver Stars:
Most thankful for...
I am most thankful for my health, my family, and being back on the court after so long.

Thanksgiving plans...
I'll be in San Antonio serving free Thanksgiving dinner to those in need during the morning. Then I'm going to a friend's house to eat.

Most thankful playing with...
Marie Ferdinand because she's the only one here working out with me right now (ya Marie! Lol)...and I really miss So and VJ, but I'm
thankful for all my teammates.

Shameka Christon, New York Liberty:

Shameka Christon could be spending Thanksgiving overseas.
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Most thankful for...
I am most thankful for my family and friends.

Thanksgiving plans...
I am not sure yet, but I feel like I am always there with my family even if I am not there physically. If overseas, I will miss the good food. Although I can cook, there is nothing better than mom's cooking.

Most thankful playing with...
All of them. This season was special and I got the chance to be a part of a special group of people.

Crystal Robinson, Washington Mystics:
Most thankful for...
I am most thankful for my health and the opportunity to actually spend Thanksgiving with my family.

Thanksgiving plans...
I will be spending Thanksgiving with my friends and family in Oklahoma.

Most thankful playing with...
I am most thankful for the chance to play with Vickie Johnson, Teresa Weatherspoon, and Delisha Milton-Jones because i leaned
something from each one of them.

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever:

Tamika Catchings is going to eat good this Thanksgiving.
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What are you most thankful for this holiday season?
I'm most thankful to be alive, and to still have God's blessings showering down on my family and my own life.

How will you be spending your Thanksgiving holiday this year?
I'll be spending time with my family for Thanksgiving. I haven't decided whether to go to St. Louis, MO, or to stay here in Indianapolis, IN. Either way it goes I'm going to eat GOOOOOOOD!!

Which of your WNBA teammates are you most thankful to be playing with?
I'm thankful to be playing with all of my teammates!! They have all brought something special to our bond as teammates.

Temeka Johnson, Los Angeles Sparks:
Most thankful for...
This Holiday season I am most thankful for God still having me here, for being able to celebrate it, as well as spend time with the ones that I love the most. I have not apent Thanksgiving with my family since I left to go to college.This Thanksgiving will be a great one.

Thanksgiving plans...
This Thanksgiving I will be spending it with my family in my new home that I just purchased. We will all get together and reminisce about all the great times that we use to have when I was at home with everyone.

Most thankful playing with...
I am the most thankful to be playing with my former college teammate Doneeka Hodges-Lewis again. It is an honor as well as a joy to be playing with someone that I have known for almost all my life.

Ruth Riley, Detroit Shock:

Ruth Riley is thankful for the men and women who represent our country.
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Most thankful for...
Let's see, I am most thankful for exit rows, Starbucks, Notre Dame football, and uniforms that are tucked in!!

Thanksgiving plans...
I will be spending Thanksgiving with my mom, brother and his family. I am a little sad this Thanksgiving because my sister is over in Iraq (Army) and won't be home. So in all seriousness to the first question, I am thankful to all the men and women who put on a uniform and make constant sacrifices and represent our country.

Thankful playing with...
Teammates, well that is a long list. . . I am thankful for Cheryl because that means that i never have to rebound. . . I am thankful for Deanna because she is so quick. Half the time I don't have to run down the court . . .I am thankful for Katie because let's face it, she can flat out score . . I'm thankful for Swin because since she can post up other small forwards, I can just hang out around the free throw line. . . and last but not least, I am thankful to Bill for yelling at the refs so much--we never get a call :-)

Kristin Haynie, Sacramento Monarchs:
Most thankful for...
I am most thankful for my family and friends being healthy.

Thanksgiving plans...
What I will miss is being with my family during the Holiday. Just sitting there having fun, EATING, watching football and hanging out is always fun.

Most thankful playing with...
Hmm, that's a hard question.... every single player whether on or off the court I'm very thankful to have on my team and love them all very much.

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