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Wisconsin women's soccer players Darcy Riley, Taryn Francel and Michele Dalton gave UWBadgers.com the scoop on what they are thankful for, their Thanksgiving plans and more.

UWBadgers.com: What are you thankful for?

"I am thankful for everything in my life. My family, my brothers (never knew how much I would miss them after being away at school!! Just kidding...), friends, team and school. I try to remember how lucky I am every day.

Dalton: "Fortunately, I have a lot to be thankful for! Perhaps most importantly, I'm thankful for my health. When you're healthy, it's easy to forget how many people are out there in pain and suffering due to injury or illness. I started feeling sick the other day and I was quickly reminded how fortunate I am to wake up most days with enough good health and strength to live my life to the fullest.

I feel thankful for the success I've found in my life both on and off the field. The past two seasons have been incredible and I cannot be more thankful for having amazing teammates to share success with. Additionally, the success that's come with the establishment of The Red and White Hunger Fight and the amount of people who are helped by it is very rewarding and I'm thankful that it will always be a part of my life. Conversely, I'm very fortunate to have amazing support when times are tough in life. The thanks that I have for the support I receive is difficult to express in words.

I'm also thankful for my freedom as an American and for those who protect it. Thousands of soldiers won't be able to celebrate with their families and for their sacrifice I'm eternally grateful."

"I am thankful for my amazing family who has always supported me, my best friends who are always there, my boyfriend who has stood by my side no matter what, my unforgettable Badger soccer girls who have helped shape me and have given me the best memories I could ask for, and I'm thankful for God and just the great life he has given me!"

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

"My favorite part of Thanksgiving is when I wake up in my own room and smell the food already cooking. It's the best feeling knowing my family will all be over soon and the food is going to be delicious!"

"My favorite part about Thanksgiving is remembering how fortunate I am for all that I have. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle of everyday life that we often forget where we are and how we got there. I like how Thanksgiving serves as a reminder that we do have so much to be thankful for every day!"

"My favorite part about thanksgiving is being able to be with my family with no other distractions, to have time to relax and of course my mom's potato casserole!"

UWBadgers.com: How will you be spending Thanksgiving this year?

"My Thanksgiving plans are the same almost every year. I wake up, go to a "Turkey Run" in Akron, (Ohio) come home and see all my family and friends at my house. Then I just eat allllllll day."

: "I will be driving home (Mt. Prospect, Illinois) for a few days. Turkey Day is always spent with the extended side of my mother's family. Her brothers and sisters annually rotate who will host the day and everyone contributes food, drinks, and desserts for the family meal. There's usually close to 30 people in attendance, however our family keeps growing so I have no idea how many there are anymore! I'll be back in Madison Saturday for the big football game! On Wisconsin!"

Francel: "My Aunt, Uncle, my 2 cousins, grandparents, my mom, dad, 2 sisters and I all will be enjoying Thanksgiving Day at my house! With awesome food, probably some games to play (we're a competitive family), and time to all just be together!"

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