JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We first met Rijad Kobiljar during one of our Athlete of The Week segments.
He's a hardworking, soccer standout at Mandarin High School.
And it was a response he gave Chad Cushnir during the story that stood out:
"My parents are everything to me," he said in the story that aired a couple weeks back. "They came here for me."
They came to America from Bosnia in 2001. It was a country in conflict and ravaged by the war of the early to mid 90s.
They came here for an opportunity.
"Freedom," Rijad said Thursday while eating Thanksgiving lunch. "We came here to live a better life."
It's now his family's 12th Thanksgiving here.
Rijad's father Muzafer made the sacrifice to bring his family here.