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Landon Young, Calvin Taylor, Boogie Watson doing special work in Ethiopia

Landon Young with a new friend in Ethiopia. (UK Athletics Photo)


One of the inspirational things for me that University of Kentucky athletes do is take mission trips through UK Athletics.

I can remember talking to UK softball seniors Katie Reed and Jenny Schaper after their mission trip and what an impact it made on them.

Currently three UK football players — offensive lineman Landon Young, defensive lineman Calvin Taylor and linebacker Boogie Watson — are in Ethiopia reaching out to help others and sharing information and photos on social media about their efforts.

This was posted Tuesday on the UK football Twitter account about the trip: “We hiked to the top of Mount Entoto today and at the top we greeted and fed 300 children! Watching them share their meal with the person next to them before digging in themselves is a lesson of selflessness we won’t ever forget.”

That unselfishness is so, so rare today and inspirational for everyone.

Here was an earlier update: “We visited an orphanage with 80+ children. It is ran by nuns/volunteers who have set aside their own lives to care for these kids. We also met teens from Korah to play arcade games & see Avengers. They had never been out of their village or seen a movie!”

Think about that. Never seen a movie. How blessed are we?

UK Athletics Photo

Then there was this social media post that really makes you stop and think: “There are thousands of residents who live in the trash dump and rely on waste to provide for themselves. For those sponsored by Ordinary Hero, the organization overseeing our trip in Ethiopia, the care packages we delivered could prevent them from digging for 2 weeks to a month!”

So if you catch me complaining about anything again, just tell me to go back and read these comments to make me know how lucky I am and how lucky UK athletics is to have players like Young, Watson and Taylor willing to take time to visit and help others.


  1. Awesome article. Well done!

    1. Thank you Larry Pup

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