With Thanksgiving this week, Spider Voices asked several Richmond student-athletes what they were thankful for this year.
“At the risk of sounding super cheesy, I’m so thankful for a team that feels like family. Coming in as a freshie this year I wasn’t sure what to expect, but everyone has been unbelievably nice and I love them all to pieces! Also, I’m really thankful for D-Hall’s Panini station.” -Erika Echternach, Cross Country/Track
“All of us here at UR have a lot to be thankful for: for most of us there was a huge support system that helped us get to where we are today. For me, I’m thankful for my family that has sacrificed so much for me to be here. I’m from Georgia, which is not traditionally a huge lacrosse hub (although it is growing.) My parents knew I had potential to play in college, so they made my lacrosse career one of their top priorities. Now that I’m here at UR, lacrosse is still one of their top priorities, as it has been for about 12 years. They come to almost every game, and they are some of the loudest cheerleaders out there in the stands, and I know that they will miss the game almost as much as I will when I’m done. I’m so thankful for their relentless support and confidence in me throughout my life and I hope that some day I can give back to them a fraction of what they’ve given to me.” -Leslie Espenschied, Women’s Lacrosse
“I am thankful for my teammates. They’ve been like a family to me, especially this semester, and I’m lucky I get to do the sport I love with them everyday.” -Tara Hanley, Cross Country/Track
“I am thankful for my family and great teammates!” – Caleb Ward, Baseball
“I am thankful for my team. The swimming and diving team is the hardest working group of girls that
I’ve ever met and without them, I wouldn’t be able to dive into a pool everyday. We truly are a family and I think that makes us unique as we all genuinely care for one another. I love my SSD family and my experience at Richmond wouldn’t be whole without them.” -Hannah Gouger, Swimming & Diving