While many of us may be relaxing on a relatively-rare weekend without football, college basketball or any French hackers (fingers crossed), three members of the Kentucky football team are doing their part to better the world.
Offensive tackle Landon Young, defensive end Calvin Taylor and outside linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson are all currently in Ethiopia to participate in UK’s annual mission trip.
The trio obviously hasn’t had time to be active on their own forms of social media, but they have been able to share a few updates with the folks back home. The UK football Twitter account has been detailing their service trip, starting with their daily activities and how they’re contributing.
They began by delivering essential supplies (as well as nutrition, hope and love, according to the players) to families living in a slum named Korah. The area is made up of all the trash accumulated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. Thousands of residents live in the dump, and they rely on the waste to survive. The care packages provided by Young, Taylor, Watson and the rest of their group could prevent families from having to dig for up to a month.
The group also visited an orphanage, run by nuns and other volunteers, that houses over 80 children. These kids had never been able to leave their village before, much less see a movie. That changed when the teens were able to see the latest Avengers film with the Wildcats’ group.
Their trip has also produced plenty of other heart-warming moments.
The trio of Wildcats is set to return from the life-changing experience next week. I’m sure they’ll have plenty of stories to share.