The world was stunned when it heard about the earthquake that ravaged the country of Haiti on Jan. 12. It devastated the country, including the Haitian National Soccer Federation. Their headquarters in Port-au-Prince collapsed, killing 32 members of their organization, and their stadium became a refugee camp. Many of the players themselves were left homeless and lost family and friends. Soccer is more than the national sport in Haiti; it is the passion of its people. The team considers itself ambassadors for their country and realizes that they represent hope and promise to their countrymen.
The team came to Texas to prepare for a May 5 game against the Argentine national team and for the Digicel Caribbean Championship beginning in November.
San Antonio Sports teamed with Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and T Bar M Sports Camp to provide the Haitian national soccer team an opportunity to train here for two and a half weeks. They arrived April 14, weary from their experiences, but the hospitality and generosity of South Texans lifted their spirits. Our community provided them housing and food, uniforms, shoes and practice balls. Thousands of dollars has been raised to offset the costs of their visit, and any funds raised beyond the team’s expenses will be donated to them.
"San Antonio has given a gift that can never be repaid," said Assistant Coach Jean Roland Dartiguenave.
Pleaseclick here to view photos from their stay in the San Antonio area and their exhibition matches in San Antonio, Frisco and Austin. We wish our new friends from Haiti well. They will forever remain in our hearts.