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Polson Reflects on Trip to Ethiopia

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On a day when we heard some very disappointing news about one of our own, UK’s Cat Scratches Blog has a positive story for you to enjoy that comes from a current Wildcat. Jarrod Polson was one of eight UK athletes who took part in a service trip to Ethiopia this week, and in today’s blog post he wrote an account of the group’s final day in Ethiopia as well as a reflection on the trip as a whole. Two highlights of Jarrod’s post are posted below.

 

Jarrod on the children he met on the trip:

You would think that being abandoned by your parents and having to live on your own would completely wreck a 5-year-old’s heart, but I can honestly say I have never seen a group of children with more joy and excitement in my entire life. The teacher had them sing the ABCs in English to us, along with the Ethiopian national anthem, so loud and passionate in fact that most of us were either crying or had goosebumps the entire time.

Jarrod on what he learned from the trip:

People in America have problems just like people in Ethiopia, just maybe not in the same ways. The one thing we realized, and (Senior Associate Athletics Director of Corporate and University Relations and trip chaperon) Jason (Schlafer) pointed out to us, is that everyone who we helped was more appreciative of the fact that we came to help than the actual food or supplies we gave. Forming relationships and just coming across the world blessed the people way more than any amount of food we could have given them. I’m talking to myself when I say this, but we can translate this to America by simply forming relationships with people who need to feel loved and be loved. People may not need food like the Ethiopians do, but everyone needs love and that is where we can make our biggest impact in America.

You can read Polson’s entire blog entry at Cat Scratches Blog by clicking right here

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on blogredmachine.com. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

8 Comments for Polson Reflects on Trip to Ethiopia



  1. Billyclub
    8:44 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Great young man. He should – could teach Terrence Jones something about humility and how to,treat his fellow man



  2. Free Bradley Manning
    9:00 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    “Everyone needs love.” Well said, Jarrod.



  3. mike
    9:26 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Very nice to read something like this, great job Jarrod and everyone else that help.



  4. Kevin C.
    10:13 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’d love to see Jarrod get some meaningful minutes this year. After what he did last year, it would be a crime for such a great kid to be demoted back to mop-up duty.



  5. Dr. Tom
    11:14 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Great work Jarrod, you make us all proud.



  6. Stan
    7:31 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    WOW….He gets it. A super young man.



  7. mlvei
    8:43 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you for your service, Jarrod. You really do “get it”. Let your life be your philosophy, as you have obviously already done, and you will be able to sleep well each night. You will also understand the true definition of wealth.



  8. Sandy Stafford
    12:02 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Jarrod——I have watched and admired you as you dutifully sat on the bench and then put all your effort and talents to use when called to play.I was sooo glad you got the opportunity to “show your stuff” last year as the “hotshots” fizzeled in the end. You will do well in life.
    I have been to Kenya 5 times and witnessed exactly what you described I wish all young people could see the absolute poverty of so many and be more appreciative of their blessings.