The football season will soon draw to a close as school starts up again. Teams are playing their final championship in the cooler evenings, and it’s a real pleasure to see their enthusiasm. The uniforms, shoes, and balls you’ve provided will be stored and brought out again next season when it comes time to play again.
We spoke to one of the league leaders, a young man of just 20 named Simone, about how the season has been. Here’s what he had to say:
Is football important to people? Why or why not? Football is very important. It takes away the stresses of everyday life. If you have problems, you start to play and you forget about your worries. For those of us living in the camp, we have lots of stresses.
Have you seen football affect the lives of the players? How has it affected them? Yes. I have seen a lot of kids who were troubled, hanging out on the streets and up to no good. But when they started to play football and had something to occupy their time, they made friendships and developed a sense of community.
On behalf of Simone and all his friends, we’d like to thank you for your support.
With football in Haiti complete, we’ll be changing the purpose of this page slightly. We’ll be using it to collect funds for youth led initiatives in disaster zones worldwide – not just football in Haiti.
We hope that you’ll join us in our continuing efforts to support Haitian youth like Simone and youth worldwide affected by disaster.
One last time, thanks so much for all you’ve done to support Haitian earthquake affected youths.
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