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A team of BlazeSports America staff is in Haiti conducting training in soccer and wheelchair basketball while also planning our next round of activities for the coming months. Led by BlazeSports’ Director of International Sport Development Stuart Sharp and Haiti Country Director Daniel Pierre-Charles, the team is making inroads into empowering Haitians with disabilities through sport.
On Tuesday, January 24 Stuart Sharp, a world renowned football (soccer) coach, offered a cutting edge coaching session on new “attacking” techniques in football (soccer) at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civil Action with the Haitian Under 13 Boys national team. This session also provided an opportunity to recruit potential participants for the Department of State Educational and Cultural Affair SportUnited project which will result in a USA visit for a contingent of Haitian youth and young adults.
BlazeSports Haiti staff also met with the leadership of the Haitian National Paralympic Committee (NPC Haiti) to share BlazeSports’ vision of disability sport in Haiti.
Today (January 25), the BlazeSports team met with USAID officials and also visited our partners in Cite Soleil (SOHAMO and Association for Progressive Persons with Disabilities) where the team delivered an inclusive wheelchair basketball and soccer session for youth (both male and female).
On Thursday, BlazeSports staff hosted a workshop with key partners in Haiti such as the Secretary of State for Integration for Persons with Disabilities and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action. The workshop also included the announcement of the formation and official launch the BlazeSports Sports Academy in Haiti. There was extensive media coverage for the event from top Haitian news reporters.