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Haitian Artist presents painting to Manuel Romo

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 to 4

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 to 0 in consolation match

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.

Survival story changes student’s perceptions

Emmanuel Ladouceur, Dr. Fred Sorrells and Professor Mora

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 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 to 0

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.