What is GOALS?
GOALS is a non-profit organization that uses soccer in Haiti to engage youth in sport, community service and education to improve quality of life today and develop new leaders for tomorrow. Our soccer, community service, and education model improves health and wellbeing of players, families and communities.
GOALS is a registered 501(c)(3) charity in the United States, ID 27-3869911. Activities include competitive soccer teams, after-school programs, summer camp, community outreach, and high school scholarships.
Where is GOALS?
Our Unites States-based headquarters are located in Sarasota, FL. Our work in Haiti is centralized in Léogane, approximately 20 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. Léogane was the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake, and it is estimated that 80-90% of its infrastructure was destroyed in the disaster. We work in rural communities that do not have running water or electricity.
Who is Team GOALS?
Team GOALS has 19 in-country staff members, 18 of whom are local Haitian leaders. Our Board of Directors currently has 9 members and we are fortunate to partner with many great organizations within Haiti and across the globe.
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What is GOALS' impact?
Our competitive teams, after-school activities, summer camp, community outreach, and high-school scholarships directly impact an average of 500 children per month. Our full-time sites are located in Léogane, with outreach sites in La Colline, St. George, Magandu, and Cite Soleil. Most of our work impacts family members as well – as the average player lives with seven other people, GOALS considers a conservative estimate that programs indirectly affect an additional 4,452 people per month.
Using sport is an effective and creative way to engage youth in meaningful development. Sport has long been considered “a vehicle for social change,” and the United Nations calls it “an important tool” for development. Sport has been used worldwide and is often used to promote peace, health, and equality. GOALS is one of the only organizations in Haiti providing free, permanent sport-for-development programs on a daily basis.
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