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.