Haitian Artist Presents Painting to Manuel Romo - Nov 29, 2015
While the Haiti amputee football team did not make it to the trophy presentation stage by the soccer ball, they did via the paint brush!
As a token of appreciation to the Mexico Cup of the Americas Organizing Committee and its principal sponsor Proan, Haitian amputee player and artist Francillon Chery presented a painting of the soccer practice venue to Proan founder Manuel Romo.
Dr. Fred Sorrells, manager of the Haitian team joined those on stage in applauding the art presentation. The Haitian team made a lasting impression on the host city by demonstrating their amputee skills for school groups and sharing their inspiration stories with local residents with disabilities. Well done, Team Haiti!
Haiti Loses Consolation Match to El Salvidor 1-4 - Nov 28, 2015
Haiti's success in the first consolation round provided the opportunity to compete for the consolation trophy against El Salvador.
Playing under the beautiful Mexican sky and mild temperatures, El Salvador scored first. Haiti equalized the score and the half ended with the score tied.
The second half saw the experience of the El Salvador team pay dividends as they scored three goals in the second half. The final score was El Salvador 4 Haiti 1.
After the courtesy tour for the stadium crowd where the leg amputees tap their crutches over their heads, both teams gathered in a prayer huddle on the field - grateful to participate in the world's fastest one legged game.
Haiti Beats Costa Rica 5-0 in Consolation Match - Nov 27, 2015
The first afternoon game of the tournament found the Haiti reserves playing against the recently formed national team from Costa Rica in the beautiful town of San Juan de Los Lagos, an hour's drive from Guadalajara.
Haiti scored the first goal and lead 1-0 at the half. The Haiti squad found their rhythm in the second period scoring some beautiful goals.
The score was Haiti 5 Costa Rica 0.
Haiti to Compete in Consolation Bracket - Nov 27, 2015
Haiti's losses to Mexico and Columbia sent the team into the consolation bracket for the tournament.
In the first game of this bracket, Haiti will play Costa Rica on Friday at 4:30PM. They will play El Salvador on Saturday at 7:30PM.
The games can be viewed online at www.sanjuantv.mx. Click on En Vivo.
Next to the Mexico national team Haiti by far has the most local supporters. Go Haiti!
Survival Story Changes Student Perceptions - Nov 26, 2015
The Haiti national amputee football team came to Mexico with the dual purpose of competing in the Cup of the Americas tournament and championing the impaired in schools and local communities. Team members have shared their stories of overcoming loss of limbs from the 2010 earthquake, police violence, mudslides and vehicle accidents. Their public service has been applauded by the Organizing Committee, school officials and thousands of interested students.
Professor Mora (r) translated into Spanish as Dr. Fred Sorrells shared the incredible story of Haitian goalkeeper Emmanuel Ladouceur's earthquake survival with hundreds of students today. Ladouceur was buried under rubble for four days before being rescued. These stories of faith and perseverance are having an enormous impact upon the way people with disabilities are perceived here.
Following the presentation of the player stories in school assembles, students intensely pursue the team members for autographs on paper, balls, articles of clothing, and even their arms. The amputees are certainly enjoying their new found "rock star" status. Since Haiti received a bye in today's scheduled match, the team was able to visit another school in the afternoon.
Haiti Defeated by Mexico 2-0 - Nov 25, 2015
On Wednesday night, Haiti played with zeal, determination and fair play against a very strong and disciplined national team from Mexico.
The host nation scored the first goal during the initial period, and the score remained 1-0 at the half.
Despite numerous on goal shots, the Haitian squad could not equalize the score. Mexico made a second goal late in the second period to win 2-0.
Despite its youth and inexperience, the Haitian team has drawn rave reviews from other delegations and spectators for its tenacity and speed. This bodes well for the selection of the next team for the World Cup of Amputee Football.
Haiti Loses to Columbia 3-2 - Nov 24, 2015
Haiti played a spirited game against a strong team from Columbia. Haiti scored first followed by three goals by Columbia. Late in the second period Haiti scored again, but came up short as Columbia won 3-2.
Haiti Defeats Costa Rica 3-0 - Nov 23, 2015
In their first match at the Cup of the Americas in Guadalhara, Mexico, the Haiti Amputee Soccer Team defeated Costa Rica 3-0.
Cup of the Americas Schedule Released - Nov 22, 2015
The schedule for the Cup of the Americas has been released. Please note the times that Haiti plays over the first three days of the Cup of the Americas.
Our first game is Monday night at 6:30PM against Costa Rica. You may view it live on the Internet at www.sanjuantv.mx. Click on En Vivo.
The Opening Ceremony is starting on a beautiful night in San Juan de Los Lagos outside of Guadalajara.
CBSDFW Coverage of Soccer Extravaganza - Nov 14, 2015
Two-Event Amputee Soccer Extravaganza - Nov 14, 2015
Fox News Coverage of Amputee Soccer Game - Nov 11, 2015
Appreciation for American Military Service to Haiti - Nov 11, 2015
Haiti amputee soccer player Francillon Chery, pictured here with Dr. Fred Sorrells, laid this wreath on the morning of Veteran's Day 2015 at the National Cemetary in Little Rock.
The wreath was placed in appreciation for the service rendered by American military personnel following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Haiti Cup of the Americas Team Arrives at DFW - Nov 10, 2015
The Haiti Cup of the Americas amputee soccer team arrived at DFW airport late Tuesday evening, November 10, and departed immediately for Veteran Day activities in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The delegation was driven through the night to participate in scheduled events.
Haiti Amputee Soccer Team Gets Passports - Nov 6, 2015
Due to political unrest and increased violence over the recent election in Haiti, the Haiti amputee soccer players faced a volatile situation getting government approval and passports to leave the country. They did get their passports on Friday, Nov. 6, and they are scheduled to fly from Port-au-Prince on Tuesday. The delay this resulted in required their flights to be extended. This means that an additional $6,000 is needed to cover all player's flights from Port-Au-Prince to Miami and Miami to Dallas. Please help us if you can by donating via the Paypal button on the left column.
"From Haiti with Hope" Tour Stop in Little Rock - Nov 11-12, 2015
The Haiti Amputee Soccer Team will be making a multi-city tour prior to leaving for Mexico, and will be stopping in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 11-12. A wide range of events and activities are planned with these objectives:
- Encourage Veterans and Wounded Warriors
- Promote Disability awareness through friendly matches
- Premiere showing of documentary trailer
- Sales of Francillon's artwork (player on Haitian team)
- Connect with churches and organizations for long-term partnerships
- Recruit amputees for the USA amputee soccer program and create/develop amputee soccer team/league in Little Rock
- Showcase athletic, art and music talents of the Haitian amputee team
Preparing for US Tour and Cup of the Americas - Oct 24, 2015
The 2015 Haiti National Amputee Soccer Team has their appointment to get their US Visas at the US Embassy in Port-Au-Prince on Tuesday, October 27.
We will need to buy their Haiti/Miami air tickets the week of October 25 so they can begin their USA Veterans / Wounded Warrior tour and participate in the Guadalajara Cup of the Americas Tournament November 21-29.
They are scheduled to present a wreath at the National Cemetary in Little Rock on Veterans Day.
They will also visit the Little Rock VA, meet the Arkansas governor and highlight a fundraiser for 12 year old cancer survivor and recent leg amputee Emily Buckley.
Documentary Film Website Launched - November 1, 2014
The International Institute of SPORT is working with a team of experienced professionals to create a feature-length documentary that will follow a group of Haitian disabled athletes on their journey to secure a spot on the Haitian National Amputee Football Team, then earn a berth in the 2014 Mexico World Cup of Amputee Football.
The film is called Pursuit of Hope, and a website about the documentary film was launched on November 1, 2014, to help raise funds for the documentary production and for the Haitian team as they train and participate in the world cup.
The website thepursuitofhope.com includes a trailer, photo gallery and other video content. We also launched a Facebook page for at www.facebook.com/pursuitofhope to document the Haitian world cup tour and the making of the film. Please visit both sites and share the Facebook page with your friends.