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OUR MISSION

The mission of the International Institute of SPORT (IIOS) is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the less economically developed countries worldwide.

WHO WE ARE

We are a non-profit advocating for the disabled in areas of public access, education, integration, job skills, physical rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation and disaster relief. We are educators, artists, administrators and professionals. We are also networkers and are grateful for our partners.

WHAT WE DO

We engage children and adults in art projects geared to developing an understanding of disability.  We help rehabilitate and train disabled athletes for the Paralympics. We help disabled people become employees and business owners. We provide art supplies, medical supplies and mobility devices. We represent disabled artists in the world art market. We advocate for the disabled in business and government affairs to help secure access to jobs and transportation.


Media Coverage

 

Adapting Sports - Haitian Soccer Team Raises Awareness
November 23, 2010


By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen, TX
November 23, 2010

HARKER HEIGHTS — It was a new experience for Cavalry 93 Black soccer players who took the field with the Haiti National Amputee Soccer Team Tuesday night to help raise awareness about adaptive sports.

"It is completely different," Cavalry 93 player Misael Gomez said about watching the Haitians play soccer during a friendly. "I have never seen anything like this, ever."

Cavalry 93 is a Tri-County Soccer Club competition league team, made of area high school seniors and juniors.

The rules aren't too different from normal soccer, said Alfonso Ross Jr., who has refereed several games for the Haiti team during its trip to Texas.

"The first thing is always safety," Ross said.

Click here for the entire story and photos at www.kdhnews.com.

 

Game of heart: Haitian amputees coming to Bell County
November 21, 2010


By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen, TX
November 21, 2010

HARKER HEIGHTS — An international amputee soccer team will make a stop Tuesday in Harker Heights to help raise awareness about disabilities and adaptive sports.

The Haitian amputee soccer team, which competed in the Amputee World Cup just months ago, will play a match with the Tri-County Soccer Club's Cavalry 93 Black team. They will be coming on the field fresh off the basketball court after playing the Harker Heights Hustlers in wheelchair basketball.

"We are just looking forward to interacting with Bell County," Dr. Fred Sorrells said. "We are very supportive of the adaptive program that Joe (Brown) is leading."

Sorrells, the founder and president of the International Institute of SPORT, helped put Haiti's amputee soccer team together after an earthquake devastated the country earlier this year. He was seeking a therapeutic way to help the disabled in Haiti when he discovered the Amputee World Cup.

Click here for the entire story and photos at www.kdhnews.com.

 

Soccer players from Haiti have a big goal
November 17, 2010


By Paul Brown
News 8 Austin
Austin, TX
November 17, 2010

An international soccer match doesn’t happen in Austin very often, but the one just played on the state Capitol grounds was more than just unusual, it was inspiring.

Players from Haiti took time to play with local players in a friendly match Tuesday, but they know there will be stiffer competition ahead.

"I have a lot ahead of me now because we're preparing to go to Japan in 2012 for the next world cup. So, it's been the most magnificent thing that I can imagine that’s happened to me," Haitian soccer player Emmanuel Ladouceur said.

Not long ago, Ladouceur faced an earthquake that devistated Haiti and forever changed his world.

"I lost my parents, and I didn’t have any way to support myself," Ladouceur said.

Now, his support comes on the soccer field, as a member of the National Haitian Amputee Soccer Team.

They're touring America to make it clear that those who face disabilities are capable of great things, if given the chance.

Click here for the entire story and video at news8austin.com.

 

Haiti Amputee Soccer Team Photos Posted
November 16, 2010


Photos by Jay Janner
Austin American-Statesman
Austin, TX
November 16, 2010

Collective VISION - Statesman Photo & Multimedia Blog posted photos by Jay Janner of the Haiti Amputee Soccer Team at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

Click here to view the photos at photoblog.statesman.com.

 

Haitian amputees score hope on the soccer field
November 16, 2010


By Jeremy Schwartz
Austin American-Statesman
Austin, TX
November 16, 2010

When a massive earthquake hit Haiti in January, 23-year-old Francois MacKewdy was buried under a mountain of rubble in the T-shirt factory where he worked. When rescuers reached him the next day, they couldn't pull him out because of a large post pinning his left leg. So they had to cut him out.

For two hours, rescuers tried to amputate his leg with a knife and saw, but they had to stop constantly during the many aftershocks. In the end, MacKewdy had to finish the grim work himself.

"I knew my life was over," he said.

In the weeks after the earthquake, Dr. Fred Sorrells, president of the Arlington-based International Institute of SPORT, was putting together a soccer team of Haitian amputees that he hoped would compete in the Amputee Soccer World Cup. Organizers spotted MacKewdy on the streets of Port-au-Prince and asked him to try out.

He made the team, which stopped in Austin on Tuesday.

Click here to read the entire story at www.statesmen.com.

Click here to view photos at www.statesman.com.

 

Amputee Soccer Team from Haiti Restores Hope
November 9, 2010


Nov. 9, 2010
Fox News

Haitians who lost limbs in devastating earthquake play soccer to encourage people to remember their country.

View the video here.

 

Amputee Soccer Team from Haiti Restores Hope
November 8, 2010


Nov. 8, 2010 6:21PM MST
myFOXphoenix.com

MESA, Ariz. - Athletes from Haiti who lost limbs but survived the country’s devastating earthquake are proving they are fighters.

The Haiti amputee soccer team is in the valley for a scrimmage game, and is encouraging people not to forget about Haiti.

The team played a scrimmage at Mesa Community College. It was a chance to get the players on their feet, both physically and emotionally.

Francois Mackendy is one of three players on the Haitian National Amputee soccer team. He lost a limb in the Haiti earthquake.

“I was working in a t-shirt factory,” says Mackendy [though a translator]. “I was supposed to get off work at 5 o’clock and at 4:53 the earthquake happened.”

A cement post fell on Mackendy’s leg, trapping him.

“I stayed there throughout the night. The next day some friends of mine knew I was missing so they came and began to call my name.”

When they found Mackendy, they couldn’t get him out.

“They went they found a knife, they found a saw they began to do what they could to remove my leg so I could get out of that building…and I thank God because they were some Christian people and they had compassion upon me,” he says.

“They were trying to cut and in the end I actually had to cut my leg myself. It was amazing that I didn’t pass out, I was still conscious when all of this was taking place.”

After his amputation, Mackendy almost gave up. “I thought my life was finished,” he says. But the love of the game brought him back to life.

“It’s helped me because now I’m a part of a family. My amputee soccer team, I’ve been with them now several weeks, and they’re like my family they care for me they pray for me so now I feel like I’m really beginning to have a life again.”

 

Haitian amputee soccer team visits the Valley
November 6, 2010


By Aldo Vazquez - Nov. 6, 2010
Cronkite News

Arizona played host to Haiti as members of the Haitian amputee soccer team practiced in Mesa this past weekend.

View the video here.

 

Haitian amputee soccer team plays in Mesa
November 6, 2010


By Alyson Zepeda - Nov. 6, 2010 07:55 PM
The Arizona Republic

Mackendy Francois lost his left leg in the devastating Haiti earthquake in January, but not his love for playing soccer.

The 23-year-old Haitian has been playing since he was five years old. With a set of forearm crutches, the right fullback hit the field again to show off his skills Saturday at the Quail Run Sports Complex in Mesa.

Francois is one of fifteen players on the Haiti National Amputee Soccer Team and one of three teammates who lost a limb in the earthquake.

The team represented Haiti for the first time in the Amputee World Cup held in Argentina last month. They lost every game. But even with only a month of training before the championship, supporters say they gave veteran teams like Russia a run for their money, holding the three-time champions to 7-0.

For the entire article and photos, please visit AZCentral/12news.

 

Haitian amputee soccer team playing in Valley
November 5, 2010


By Angie Holdsworth - Nov. 5, 2010 07:55 PM
The Arizona Republic

MESA, AZ - A soccer team visiting the Valley is hoping to inspire others, despite having to overcome tremendous tragedy in their own lives.

The Haitian Amputee Soccer Team will participate in several activities over the next several days. The team was formed after the January earthquake with the help of the International Institute of Sports and Phoenix Pro Soccer.

“None of these guys were professional soccer players before,” said Dr. Fred Sorrells with the IIS. “But when you watch them play it is like they’ve been playing all their lives.”

For the entire article, photos & video, please visit ABC15.com.

 

FC Dallas Posts YouTube Video - October 14, 2010


FC Dallas athletes describe their experiences with the Haiti Amputee Soccer Team.

 

FC Dallas outfits the Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team
October 14, 2010


FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas team captain Daniel Hernandez delivered cleats, training kits, goalkeeper gloves and the official match jerseys that the Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team will wear during the World Cup of Amputee Soccer to the team at Pizza Hut Park Wednesday.

“We really appreciate FC Dallas hosting these people here,” Sierra Leone Amputee Soccer Association President Fuday Dumbuya said. “FC Dallas has given this team a lot of encouragement. It gives us great joy to be here in Dallas.”

Click here to read the entire story at FCDallas.com.

The Haiti Amputee Soccer Team with Dr. Fred Sorrells, Chris Campasano and Dr. Ed Sakiewicz

 

Haitian Amputee Soccer Players to Display Abilities at World Cup Games
October 14, 2010


By MARC RAMIREZ / The Dallas Morning News
mramirez@dallasnews.com

FRISCO – The players sprawled on practice-field grass near Pizza Hut Park, heeding the words of Haitian soccer coach Andre Pacombe.

Andre Pacombe, head coach of the Haitian amputee soccer team, watches his players run drills at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. The 13-man team will play in the 2010 Amputee Soccer World Cup this weekend.

"You are not here just to play," he said animatedly, in the team's native French. "You are here to show the world what you can do. You are here to give hope."

As the players rose and sprang back into action, the meaning of Pacombe's words became clear: The team materialized in incomplete form, abbreviated legs and arms protruding from the players' red uniforms. One man had no arms at all.

These 15 men are a sign not only of Haiti's rebirth in the wake of the January earthquake that killed 230,000 people but also of its progress. As members of Haiti's first entry in World Amputee Football's World Cup, they represent an inspiring advance for a nation that has historically shunned its citizens who have disabilities.

"In Haiti, amputees are often badly treated," said Patrick Peronel, 31, who lost his leg when he was hit by a car at age 12. Demonstrating that amputees can play soccer on a competitive level, he said, could bring fellow amputees the respect they deserve.

For the entire article and photos, please visit DallasNews.com.

 

Haitian Amputees Training in Frisco for World Cup
October 11, 2010


by STEVE STOLER
WFAA
Posted on October 11, 2010 at 11:07 PM

FRISCO — A group of soccer players is in Frisco, training for the pinnacle of their sport. But as crazy as it sounds, they've never played a single organized game.

The men are from earthquake-ravaged Haiti. They have come to Texas to fulfill a dream beyond their wildest imagination.

The team was formed only two months ago. Most of them are just beginning to learn the game. But on Saturday, they'll be in Argentina competing with the best in the world.

They are the first Haitian team to play for the World Cup of Amputee Soccer.

Every player has a powerful story. Three of them suffered horrific injuries when Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in January.

Francois McKewdy was working in a T-shirt factory when the quake hit. He was trapped under heavy rubble.

"They handed me a saw, and I began to cut my own leg. And when the pain became unbearable, one of my friends finished cutting the leg," he said.

Arriel Valembrun lost his arm in the earthquake. Like all the players, he welcomes the challenge of overcoming his disability to compete with the world's best.

"Amputee soccer takes so much skill," he said. "Not having a limb as a goalkeeper or not having a leg as a fielder — it's incredibly difficult. We realize it's a huge challenge for us as we go to Argentina."

The team is serving as an inspiration to Haitians in a country where people with disabilities are often mistreated.

"People were shunned, spit upon, cast aside," said Fred Sorrells, president of the International Institute of Sport. "That's what so many people feared when they became disabled because of the earthquake."

The men who will compete for the World Cup are much more than just good soccer players; they are a symbol of the resiliency of the human spirit.

FC Dallas is hosting the Haitian team. On Tuesday morning, the visitors will spend some time with the MLS team at Pizza Hut Park. They will be in North Texas until Thursday, when they leave for the games in Argentina.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

Click here for the article and video at the WFAA Dallas / Fort Worth website.

 

FC Dallas Posts YouTube Video - October 11, 2010


Dr. Fred Sorrells describes the purpose of bringing the Haiti Amputee Soccer Team to the World Cup of Amputee Soccer and thanks FC Dallas for their support.

 

FC Dallas Welcomes the Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team
October 11, 2010


FC Dallas
FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 11, 2010) – FC Dallas welcomed members of the Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team to Pizza Hut Park today. The team arrived in Dallas Saturday evening to begin training for the World Cup of Amputee Soccer being held in Crespo, Argentina beginning Saturday, Oct. 16. FC Dallas will host Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team through Thursday, Oct. 14.

Among the volunteers working to prepare the team for the upcoming World Cup are International Institute of SPORT President Dr. Fred Sorrells, Hunt Sports Group President John Wagner, President of the Sierra Leone Amputee Soccer Association Fuday Dumiaya and Haitian Men’s National Team Captain, Pierre Richard Bruny.

“We are so appreciative of Bruny,” Sorrells said. “He was here at Pizza Hut Park back in April for a fundraiser that benefitted the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Now he’s back as the head of delegation for the Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team. He’s out on the field sharing his expertise. He’s a godsend and he’s perfect for this role because he has been there as a player and he knows what is required. He is out there making sure the team is mentally ready to play.”

The team, which was formed a little over two months ago, is just beginning to learn the game in which they will compete with the best in the world.

“They’ve never played an official game in their life and they’re going to the World Cup to face teams who have been together for years and years,” Sorrells said. “We feel like just going is such an inspiration to Haitians and to the world. Even in a tragedy like this, the resiliency of the human spirit remains.”

The team includes several players who suffered horrific injuries when Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010.

“Every guy on our team has a story,” Sorrells said. “Over 300,000 people died in a matter of seconds, so any one of the players out here today could have been killed. By the grace of God they’re alive. Even though they may have an injury, they’re here.

Sorrells and the Haitian Amputee Soccer Team are in need of donations to support the transport of the Haitian Amputee Soccer Team to Crespo, Argentina for the World Cup of Amputee Soccer. People and organizations wishing to contribute to the cause can donate at www.iisport.org/help/donate.html or by calling (214) 674-6196.

Video featuring today’s training session and the live interview with Sorrells are available at www.FCDallas.com. Media wishing to speak to Haitian Amputee Soccer Team officials are welcome to contact media@iisport.org.

About the International Institute of SPORT

The International Institute of SPORT (IIOS) exists to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the less economically developed countries. The International Institute of SPORT is a 501c3 non-profit organization. IIOS is operated by a staff of volunteers who care about people with disabilities. We receive donations from individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations. Our strategy consists of five areas of focus: Sport for the Disabled, Physical Well Being, Organization & Management, Research & Development, and Therapeutic Recreation.

Bullard man takes up ‘special’ cause for Haitians


Bullard Banner News
Bullard, Texas
September 8, 2010
front page


From the outside, Don Bristow’s home might look similar to the many others in Bullard’s Pecan Valley subdivision. But inside, Bristow’s place is filled with energy inspired by a special cause. It is also lit up with art that’s funding help for Haitian amputees.

Late on the night of Aug. 11, Dr. Fred Sorrells, president of the International Institute of SPORT (IIOS), along with two soccer professionals, a young soccer player, and a video producer met at artist and Web site designer Bristow’s home. This newly formed soccer management team, with members from Burnet, San Antonio, Lubbock, Phoenix and Bullard, met for the first time to seek God for what was to follow, Bristow said.

The next morning, four of the men flew to Haiti to select 15 amputee soccer players to represent Haiti in the World Cup of Amputee Soccer in Crespo, Argentina, in October.

Click here for the entire article.

 

Burnet Man Helps Disabled Haitians


Dr. Fred Sorrells of Burnet distributes a solar panel and solar rechargable lamp
By Nora Hopkins
Burnet Bulletin
Burnet, Texas
March 10, 2010
front page & 9A


Dr. Fred Sorrells of Burnet distributes a solar panel and solar rechargable lamp to an earthquake victim at the general hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The lamp provides up to 30 hours of light and can be recharged in five hours with the small solar panel. Sorrells plans to distribute thousands of these $19 units to those rendered homeless by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Click here for the entire article.

Pecans, art sales used to benefit Haitian disabled


(Banner Staff Photo by Don Treul) Bullard artist Don Bristow, left, and his wife Sandy Bristow, hosted a benefit at their Bullard home Friday, Jan. 26. Proceeds were used to help disabled Hatians in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit the region in January.
By Don Treul
Bullard Banner News
Bullard, Texas
February 3, 2010
front page


About $500 was raised to help find four disabled Haitian artists, and to advocate for the disabled during the relief effort in Haiti.

Bullard artist Don Bristow and his wife Sandy Bristow hosted a benefit Friday, Jan. 26, at their home in Pecan Valley Ranch. The proceeds to be used in Haiti included 50 percent of the sales of original art by Bristow, featuring Chaotica 2010, and 100 percent of the sales of pecan gift baskets and raw pecans from Sorrells Farms in Comanche County.

Click here for the story and photos.

Artists with East Texas ties found alive in Haiti


KLTV - Found Alive in Haiti
By Sarah Story
KLTV Channel 7
Tyler, Texas
February 1, 2010


KLTV reported that the 4 disabled Haitian artists represented by the International Institute of SPORT were found alive.

Click here for the story and video.

4 Missing Haitian Artists
Don Bristow is interviewed by KLTV's Sarah Story

By Sarah Story
KLTV Channel 7
Tyler, Texas
January 14, 2010


KLTV's Sarah Story interviewed Global Art Initiative Technology Coordinator Don Bristow on January 14, 2010, about the unknown status of 4 disabled Haitian artists following the Haiti earthquake.

Click here for the video story.