shares Thanksgiving with Obama
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perk of playing basketball for Oregon State University has
White House visits for senior Joseph Burton, a
member of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians.
OSU’s head basketball coach, Craig Robinson, is the brother
of First Lady Michelle Obama. This year, he and the team shared Thanksgiving
dinner at the White House
with the First Family.
Burton, and his
teammates arrived in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The next day the worked at Capital Area Food Bank stuffing
bags with food for needy families. Their goal was to fill
1,000 bags. Instead, the team stayed for nearly 3 hours and
filled more than 1,200.
“I love volunteering so helping out at the food bank was
very special to me,” said Burton, 22, who plays
forward/center for the Beavers. “The past two
days in D.C. were a great blessing. The team loved it and I
loved it. Seeing smiles on people’s faces when they got the
food bags from us, and seeing President Obama and the First
Family was a great experience.”
On Thanksgiving, the team toured the White House and took
some shots on the White House basketball court.
The dinner menu included
Brine-soaked, thyme-roasted turkey gravy
Macaroni and cheese
Six kinds of pie:
Apple, huckleberry, cherry, banana
cream, pumpkin, sweet potato with honey-meringue topping
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