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Jarrod Polson Blogs About Mission Trip to Africa

 

J.Pole

This picture deserves a nickname.

So far this offseason, UK basketball players are being lauded for their summer league play, academic success, and now, community service.

Senior Jarrod Polson, hero in our hearts and Jessamine county’s favorite son, is one of eight Kentucky athletes currently on a mission trip to Ethiopa, and you can read more about his trip at the UK Athletic site.

It’s good to see that a member of a team we care so much about, along with athletes from all sorts of other programs, too, are willing to go out of their way to give back.  Kentucky, and Calipari, strive to be the “gold standard,” and it’s hard to be the gold standard without following the golden rule.

Polson shared a lot about the travel experience, and mentioned something aboutthe  Cheesecake Factory, but noted that he and his team are learning more than they’re serving:

 I got to play a lot of “games” with [a young boy named Alamiyoo] (mainly raising my hand up and seeing how high he could reach it or teaching him how to do the “Dougie”).  Alamiyoo and all the other children we got to play with really taught us a good lesson. Here they are living in houses with dirt floors and plastic walls, hungry and thirsty most of the day, and they were some of the most joyous people I have ever met. I can think of so many times where I complain about the littlest things, and these kids have nothing and still have huge smiles on their faces. Today as a whole was very shocking, and I’m certain that the people of Ethiopia are going to help us out way more than we could ever even think of helping them, simply through the joy they show in the worst of circumstances.

Certainly a lot different than the Wildcat Lodge, I’m sure.

But kudos to Jarrod and the others for being willing to serve over their summer break.  If I was on the basketball team, the urge to stay and play pickup with the new freshmen might be too strong, but Polson has his priorities in order, it seems.

Let’s see how long it takes Pete Thamel investigate where he got the money to go.

Article written by Corey Nichols

17 Comments for Jarrod Polson Blogs About Mission Trip to Africa



  1. Corndog42701
    6:08 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    The original “Nicholasville Globe Trottet”



  2. Common Fan
    6:12 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    OH MY GOD WHY IS HE NOT AT WILDCAT LODGE, JESUS CHRIST WHAT ABOUT TEAM CHEMISTRY POLSON!?



  3. Do whut?
    6:18 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    #2 I’m happy to see the first such response was indeed supposed to be ironic. The ones to come, however…



  4. Sarcasm
    6:20 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, red headband? OUR COLORS ARE BLUE AND WHITE!!!



  5. Insidet
    6:24 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    He will be a starter



  6. Kevin Bacon
    6:31 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Go gettem J-Rock!



  7. James Young
    6:47 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Not looking for me to qualify



  8. roger
    6:56 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Appearances and mission trips by athletes do not impress me much. Even guys of questionable character will make appearances to try and bolster their rep. However, Polson makes a statement in this that is truly remarkable for a guy in his position.

    “I’m certain that the people of Ethiopia are going to help us out way more than we could ever even think of helping them, simply through the joy they show in the worst of circumstances.”

    That statement says a lot about Polson. I also think that the number of players we have had in the last four years, that are willing to give their time to those less fortunate, speaks volumes that Cal is teaching a whole lot more than basketball. Cal has said that he is not in the basketball business, but the people business. Cal has said that he is a “players first” coach. I wonder if he isn’t more like a “people first” coach.



  9. Bubba Earl
    7:05 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Meadowlark Polson



  10. Seven Eight Nine
    7:29 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    But but but all of the players who play for UK and “Cow” are thugs…



  11. Bobbum man
    7:31 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    7- give it up guy, only a tards fan on the heels of his team visiting the president would be more concerned with what we’re doing at a UK site



  12. Chaz
    7:43 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    The Wizard of Wilmore



  13. Aaron C Bunch
    9:25 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Wow Polson is smoking hot…I would love to work out with him.



  14. Urban Williams
    10:03 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    It’s “different FROM,” not “different THAN.” This is not the first time someone has pointed this out to you.
    Would you say separate than? Distinct than? No, of course you wouldn’t. Then why would you say different than? It makes absolutely no sense to me. Tell the Thompson girl; she does it repeatedly, too.



  15. I got this
    10:52 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Polcat



  16. Not so fast
    8:19 am July 25, 2013 Permalink

    #14 according to my dictionary it’s an entirely appropriate usage of than. In fact, it is used specifically as an example for application of the word.



  17. Chreelister
    8:51 am July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Captain Kentucky