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In honor of the holiday, MAM coaches and students participated in a Thanksgiving Q & A.


What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?


Coach Lindsey, associate youth coordinator at MAM Bethel LaBelle: Sweet potato pie


Rodneisha, 8th grader at MAM Bethel LaBelle: My sister’s lasagna


Coach Johntavius, part-time youth coordinator at MAM Magnolia: Macaroni & cheese

Kiya, 11th grader at MAM Magnolia: Macaroni & cheese

Coach AP, Up2Us Coach at MAM Leawood: Turkey

Cameron, 7th grader at MAM Leawood: Dressing


What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?


Coach Lindsey: I only get to see my brother once a year, so I enjoy everyone coming together to be a family and playing games.

Rodneisha: That all of my family gets to come together.


Coach Johntavius: Growing up, I didn’t have my family in my life. This year, I’m joining Coach Eric and his family for Thanksgiving. I’m glad to come together as a family.


Kiya: Spending time with my family.


Coach AP: I love to be with my family – getting together, having fun, and watching football.

Cameron: I get to eat a lot.


What are you thankful for this year?


Coach Lindsey: I’m thankful for this job. It’s probably the best job in the world. It’s the easiest and the hardest at the same time.

Rodneisha: I’m thankful that I get to see another day.

Coach Johntavius: I’m thankful to actually be alive. A lot of stuff has happened in my life, and I’m thankful that I have made it this far. I’m also thankful for Coach Eric and his family.

Kiya: I’m thankful for my parents. They always motivate me to do whatever I set my mind on.

Coach AP: I’m thankful for my family.


Cameron: I’m thankful for my family.



If you could thank one person for their impact on your life. who would it be and why?


Coach Lindsey: I’m going to say Jesus is the most impactful person in my life because of my salvation and the ability to know that I don’t have to carry guilt and shame for my sin.

Rodneisha: My mom because she takes care of me and gives me what I want and what I need in life.

Coach Johntavius: Coach Eric because he is basically like my dad. He mentors me and keeps me on the right path.

Kiya: My dad. When it comes to school, I’m not the most popular in my class. Sometimes it makes me really sad that I don’t have many friends, but he continues to encourage me and remind me that it doesn’t matter.

Coach AP: My uncle because he raised me and taught me how to be a man.

Cameron: My mom. If I didn’t have my mom, I wouldn’t be here.


Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. Psalm 100:4

May you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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