With Thanksgiving next week, Spider Voices asked several Richmond student-athletes what they were thankful for this year. Women’s basketball’s Alicia Hudalla and field hockey’s Megan Miller share what they are thankful for this holiday season.
“First, I am thankful for my family. They have always supported me through everything in my life and especially through my experience here as a Spider. I would not be in the position that I am today without them and I cannot thank them enough for their never ending support and love. I love you all so much! Secondly, I am beyond thankful for my teammates, especially my 4 of my best friends, KRAKM (Kylie Murphree, Rennie Harrison, Alicia Hudalla, Karleigh Wike, and Micaela Parson). These ladies have seen me at my ultimate highs and ultimate lows and have supported me and loved me through every moment. There is no way I could have made it through all of the challenges life has thrown at me, without them. Lastly, I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with my beloved coach, Max Coats. He passed away this past April, and was the reason I came to Richmond and fulfilled my childhood dream of playing Division 1 college basketball. He was more than a coach to me, he was like my second father, and I am more than thankful to have the time I was given with him.” -Alicia Hudalla, junior, Women’s Basketball
“I have a lot in my life to be thankful for, and each and every reason has shaped me into the person that I am today. Most importantly, I am thankful for my family. I’m thankful for the never ending love and support from my parents. They are my biggest fans, supporters, and cheerleaders on and off of the field. I’m thankful they have sacrificed so much to get me where I am today. I’m thankful for my grandparents who keep me focused, and make it to every game they can, and when they cannot they are always as my pop says, “right up there”, and are still cheering from home. Most importantly, I’m thankful for my older brother. He is my role model, and a major reason I am the young athlete I am today. Through his athletic experiences, it has exposed me to many sports, and has taught me to love many games. He keeps me focused, determined, and hungry for success. He also keeps me smiling, and always knows the right things to say at the right time. I love my family, and I am incredibly blessed to have them in my life.” -Megan Miller, junior, Field Hockey