THOMAS TALK: In the community
Hi JU family. I hope everyone is having a good day. Your Dolphins have become active role models in the community and impacting young lives one child at a time. If you haven’t already, check out our article about our community service we did at Jacksonville Chapter of HOPE Worldwide. We had a great time that weekend teaching kids how to read, write and do math problems. They showed us how much fun they had by writing us some letters of appreciation. Some of them even remembered our names from that day. When you're a kid all you want is for someone to show that they care about you and that they believe in you. We told them stories about when we were their age and some of them were truly inspired to know that some of us grew up just like they did. Personally, it’s a blessing to be where I am today and just to think it all started as a dream.

This week we have an inter-squad scrimmage. For all of you none-sport gurus reading this, it means we're going to play a real game against ourselves. I had to throw that in there for my mom and grandma because they keep up with my blogs too. Shout out to all the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles following JU women's basketball. Without you we wouldn't even exist.

Something else to get excited about is there is only one more week until our exhibition tip-off against University of Tampa. This summer I coached an AAU team, the Dual Lady Jags and one of my players Nadia Givens plays for them. It's going to be an interesting first game. She and I have been exchanging confrontational words all summer long (all in fun). One of us will be eating our words and quite frankly I don't have an appetite for words.

What I do have an appetite for is proving the coaches and media that the JU women's basketball team doesn't belong in the No. 7th spot of the A-Sun poll. We as players have to prove ourselves to be worthy and you as fans have to show us that you're going to be behind us every step of the way. It will take us all to climb from seven to one. Hard work will beat talent when talent won't work hard. I don't know who said that quote first but they are speaking the God honest truth.

Before I sign off I'd like to give a special happy birthday to coach Deunna Hendrix (Oct.27). Until next time 'man down'.