UPDATE: The teen boys' team beat out 7 other teams from Leogane and Port-au-Prince to win the Vini Jwe tournament and earn recognition as a local powerhouse! It was incredible to see the players celebrate after working so hard. Thank you to everyone involved for an amazing day.
It's no surprise that Haiti is in love with soccer. In fact, more than 3 billion people watched the World Cup last year, making it the most popular event in the world. Now, soccer is being celebrated in Leogane again in the name of community service. This month, GOALS has teamed up with All Hands Volunteers, Crocs, Aol, and One World Futbol to celebrate National Volunteer Week by building a community soccer field and hosting a tournament for local Haitian and international teams.
Even better, the tournament is only the beginning. With support of The Delaney Bay Fund, GOALS will launch a new neighborhood team who will use the new field for practices and competitions, develop leadership skills, and improve the quality of life for themselves and for their community.
First, check out the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to learn new details on the GOALS framework for sport-and-development, our long-term vision for the organization, and what a daily schedule is like for our kids.
All Hands Volunteers is a non-profit organization that utilizes the power of volunteers to bring direct assistance to those in need around the world. They are providing the design, materials and manpower to build the soccer field.
Crocs is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children, and is generously sponsoring Vini Jwe.
Aol. is a global internet services and media company acting as the media partner promoting Vini Jwe and providing media support for All Hands Volunteers.
One World Futbol manufactures and distributes the world’s most durable soccer ball, the One World Futbol. The futbol never deflates, never needs a pump or needle, never gets waterlogged, and goes on playing even if punctured numerous times. One World Futbol is donating balls for the tournament and the GOALS program.