A Belfast Thanksgiving

December 2nd, 2015 | Uncategorized

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving?! One Thursday out of the year when you get to hang out with your family and eat amazing food…yeah nothing really comes to mind.

But those traditions alone are not why I would call Thanksgiving my favorite holiday.  Showing gratitude is sincerely the best part of the holiday for me, and that aspect of Thanksgiving can be practiced anywhere- including here in Belfast.

Sport Changes Life was gracious enough to host a Turkey dinner last week for the whole SCL organization. I think I can speak for all of the scholars in saying that there was certainly plenty of gratitude to go around. There’s a lot for us to be thankful for, including all the opportunities us Scholars have here in Ireland.

A highlight of the night was watching video messages for all the scholars’ families at home. Marc said it best when introducing the videos by saying that they showed how each scholars’ personality is truly a reflection of their family. After watching the messages, all of our quirks and qualities that make us all unique from one another suddenly made perfect sense.

Showing gratitude and reflecting on what we have is something that we should all make a habit of. There’s a sense of joy and positivity about life that comes from acknowledging everything that we have instead of dwelling on what we don’t. With that said, it wasn’t just the macaroni and cheese on Thursday night that had me in a good mood. It was the time spent with my new SCL family and reflecting on just how much I have to be thankful for that put a smile on my face.


Victory Scholar: Clare Sullivan

Present University: Ulster University

US League Partner: Patriot League

Club/Community Partner: Ulster Elks

Alma Mater: The College of the Holy Cross

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland 


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