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December  2012

Soboba player shares Thanksgiving with Obama
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One perk of playing basketball for Oregon State University has been 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
Cornbread stuffing

Oyster stuffing
Macaroni and cheese
Sweet potatoes,
Mashed potatoes
Green bean casserole
Kale salad

Six kinds of pie:
Apple, huckleberry, cherry, banana cream, pumpkin, sweet potato with honey-meringue topping

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