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Women's Basketball Counting Its Many Blessings

Nov. 22, 2012

As the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team prepares for this weekend's University of Miami Thanksgiving Classic in Coral Gables, several players, coaches and support staff shared what they are thankful for on this holiday.

Kellie Lewis-Jay, head coach: "I'm grateful for the opportunity I coach here at FAU. I am surrounded by amazing student-athletes who are great role models, a hard-working staff and my family. I also enjoy the sunshine and beaches."

Latavia Dempsey, junior guard from St. Petersburg: "I'm thankful for the opportunity to play Division 1 basketball and for God giving me the talent to play the sport I love."

Kimberly Smith, junior guard from Minneola: "I'm thankful to play Division 1 basketball. I am very blessed with where I am and with the people I share it with."

Kelsey Proctor, senior forward from St. Louis: "I'm thankful for my family and the support they have given me. It is nice being a part of a team in which my teammates are such good friends."

Harry Elifson, assistant coach: "I'm grateful for the opportunity to do what I like to do for the last 25 years. This has never been a job, and coaching has been a very rewarding career."

Vera Jones, assistant coach: "I'm thankful for my awesome son that is now in good health. I have now 12 brand new daughters by being part of this team."

Alexa Kryglowski, athletic trainer: "I'm thankful for my team, coaches and the special relationship I have with them. I am also thankful for the continued good health of the team."

FAU, 2-1 on the season, will practice on Thanksgiving in final preparations to play Miami on Friday, November 23 at 5 p.m. in the opening round of tournament play. The team will also play a game on Saturday, November 24 against either Radford or Southern Illinois, depending on Friday's outcome. Live audio and statistics of the games can be heard here.

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