Congratulations to our very own Wildcat – senior punter Landon Foster, who was named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Good Works Team yesterday. Landon is one of just 22 student-athletes selected to the team, which honors those making a positive impact on others and their communities.
Below is a summary of Landon’s community service projects from UK:
In May of 2014, Landon represented UK Football on a week-long community service trip to Ethiopia where he interacted with residents of impoverished communities, visited imprisoned men, helped widows, cared for orphans, and helped renovate houses. On the trip, he befriended a 14-year-old boy living in the streets of Korah named Dejene. He was so moved by the boy’s resilience and character to succeed despite his circumstances that Foster worked through an organization called “Adoption Ministry of Youth with a Mission” to pay out of his own pocket to sponsor Dejene. He sent his own money for four months to help pay for his food, clothing, shelter and schooling until Dejene (now named Joshua) was able to move to America with a family from North Carolina.
Foster’s other community service activities include being a frequent visitor to Indian Summer Camp, a cancer survivor camp for kids ages 6-11. He volunteers to speak at local elementary schools and other summer camps and he has taken blankets to Kentucky Children’s Hospital and served as a “Breakfast with Santa” volunteer during Christmas, helping Santa Claus pass out presents.
Click here to vote for Landon to be named Team Captain of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team!