Here is a picture of Haiti Olympic multi-sports complex after on year in existence.
Following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2011, the National Olympic Committee of Haiti took on the job to restore all the sporting infrastructures of the country. As an integral part of this project, the Sport for Hope Centre was constructed at an expenditure of $18 million. The sports complex is vast and provides all the essential and advanced infrastructures and facilities. Classrooms, offices, medical rooms, gazebos and fitness centres are the different parts of the complex. The IDB sponsored the building of a boarding place as well. The complex was inaugurated on 15 July 2014 by the President Michel Martelly, accompanied by the Prime Minister. This year the Sport for Hope Centre celebrated its first anniversary by hosting numerous sporting events, educational camps and seminars. With the generous contribution and support from the International Sports Federation, Olympic Movement and the Haitian Government, the multi sport complex is doing very well in its progress by providing opportunities to the Haitian athletes.
Just having some fund during the the 4th of July holiday could be very expensive. If you don't believe me, go ask Haitian-American New York Giants football star, Jason Pierre-Paul. He received the news that the New York Giants are withdrawing their $60 million long-term contract following a fireworks incident over the weekend when he suffered a hand injury while attempting to light fireworks.
Jason Andrew Pierre-Paul is one of the star footballers of New York Giants who has been playing for the team since 2010. Nicknamed JPP, he adeptly plays for the team at the defensive end line. Recently, the player injured his hand while celebrating Fourth of July by lighting crackers which accidently burst. His hand, although fortunately, has not undergone any serious permanent damage he has experienced severe burns on his palm and fingers. According to medical reports, the injury would take sufficient time to heal and as a consequence, the New York Giants might have to pull down a $60 million contract signed with the player. During his recovery span, the footballer will be missing numerous trainings and he might not be able to take part in the first leg of the 2015 season.
Could you believe this, Haiti is making a name for itself in a sport that you probably would not believe. Haiti's national street hockey team has become the winner of the B-pool of the Street Hockey World Championship. The team defeated the Cayman Islands
Haiti's First-Time Win of Hockey Trophy
In a surprise win, Haiti's National Street Hockey Team (NSHT) beat the Cayman Islands 4-2 to earn the championship trophy in Switzerland. Haiti, not very experienced in the sport, was carried to victory with the aid of Haitian-Canadian players.
The International Street and Hockey Federation eased up on the rules to allow the Haitian-Canadian players to participate using their superior puck skills to nab the trophy. NSHT was coached by Haitian-Canadian Georges Laraque.
After coming off of an impressive TKO victory over Patrick Cummings and also after his unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader, Ovince St. Preux as a first generation Haitian-American and is very proud of his Haitian culture, has decided to join the fight to knockout hunger in Haiti
Harvest107 has one objective: "The goal of Harvest107 is to provide safe and nutritious food for every person on the planet,"
Ovince Saint Preux (born April 8, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight games, was born and raised in the United States, but finds himself representing another country at heart, his parent's homeland Haiti. So, to knock out the hunger in Haiti, Saint Preux has teamed up with Harvest107. Harvest107 is a kid's dream to feed the 870 million hungry people around the globe. It is a non-profit organization created by a twelve year old girl 'Gracie Pfaff', dedicated to provide safe and nutritious food to every person on the planet. In Haiti, the organization is not only teaching how to grow organic food, but they are teaching everything about the nutritional quality of the food as well. Saint Preux decided to team up with Harvest107 because as per his statement what Harvest107 is doing in Haiti with the micro farms, are really good. They are showing a different way of doing things and at the same time they are teaching making earning from that as well. Saint Preux and Harvest107 have built a boys home named "Zanfan Lakay" where 80 notorious street kids from Cite Soleil came to live in. Here they are getting education, have a roof over their heads, learning a trade so that they can enter back to the society as reformed persons. The proceeds from Saint Preux T-shirts and his contributions are using over allied Harvest107 projects.
Here is a picture of Haitian Basket ball player Skal Labissiere
Skal Labissiere is a Haitian basketball player (height: 6 ft 11 inch or 2.11 meters, weight: 215 lbs or 98 kg) who was born in Haiti on February 18, 1996. On the day of the devastating earthquake, Skal had just returned home from a basketball practice, when he headed to the bathroom to wash up, the earth began to shake. His family home collapsed with Labissiere, his brother and mother inside. Although, they managed to survive, but were trapped inside the debris for several hours. A few months later, Labissiere moved to the U.S and joined the ' Reach Your Dream organization' run by Gerald Hamilton. It is a nonprofit organization that identifies and relocates talented kids to America from disadvantaged countries. With their help, Skal was given an opportunity to play at Evangelical Christian High School (Cordova, Tenn.). During his first 18 months in America, his list of accomplishments was staggering. He learned English, won a state championship, and established himself as one of the nation's top basketball prospects in the Class of 2015. Rivals.com has ranked him as the fourth-best prep prospect in the class of 2015.
In his childhood, Skal was an avid soccer player, but soon, when he was only 11, he realized that his height is more suitable for basketball game. He started learning the skills jump hook and jump shot from his coaches. Some of the NBA scouts consider him as the second-best prospect on the World team behind Simmons. He has size, length, soft touch, and the ability to run the floor-- still a work in progress. Labissiere has not been back to Haiti since he came to the U.S but has plans to come back as an NBA player to help and inspire kids at home, not just with doing basketball camps, but to help them in general and spiritually, because he feels an urge to give back what the country has given to him.
Here is a picture of Haitian Soccer pl;ayer Derrick Etienne, member of the New York Red Bull Academy team
Derrick Etienne is an 18-year old footballer, a member of the New York Red Bull Academy team. He has represented Haiti under-20 CONCACAF tournament earlier this season. Derrick is a recipient of a scholarship to the University of Virginia, which has a storied soccer program. If his name sounds familiar to you, it is because his family has a strong background in sports. Football runs in the blood of Derrick Etienne. His father Derrick Etienne (1974) and his twin brother Darrell Etienne (1974) were members of the Haitian national team, and they both represented FC Richmond. This year is certainly a memorable year for Derrick Etienne. On Saturday, March 27, 2015, Derrick donned the uniform of Red Bulls II in the team's USL debut against Seton Hall under-23 standout.
Former world champion Haitian boxer Jean Pascal was bitten by Sergey Kovalev who retained his three 175-pound world title belts at the Bell Centre in Montreal
Jean Pascal, in a crushing blow, lost the light heavyweight title to Sergey Kovalev. Pascal was knocked out by Kovalev in the third round. He rebounded to connect with some hard-hitting blows in the fourth and fifth rounds. In round eight Pascal was knocked down again, the referee declaring Kovalev the winner by a technical knockout.
Pascal challenged the outcome, asking for a re-match. Kovalev will agree to it pending a decision by his handlers.
Here is a picture of Franco-Haitian Jean-Pierre Roy, aka Rasta Piquet
Competing against great racers from small countries like Haiti is never an easy job. However, the Franco-Haitian, Jean-Pierre Roy, aka "Rasta Piquet" at his age around 52, represented Haiti in the 3rd World Ski Championships in Vail (Eagle County, Colorado, United States). With over 700 athletes from 70 countries, FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, 2015, is the largest gathering of the racers in the world, scheduled from February 2-15 of 2015. The final showdown on the event was witnessed when Haitian ski racer Jean-Pierre Roy battled out with the Jamaican Mike Williams for the last place at Golden Peak, on Thursday February 12. Roy took the Caribbean title on the day by defeating Williams from Jamaica. After his win, he has said. "I will be the first in the world to participate in the World Championships as a grandfather!" He was born in Port-au-Prince, founder of the Haitian Ski Federation (Fall 2010), wants to Haiti remains in the hearts of all.
Here is a picture taking during a caching course held in Haiti by Haitian Hockey Federation.
The Haitian Hockey Federation had organized its inaugural coaching course in Haiti, under the guidance of Shiv Jagday from January 16th to January 20, 2015. Shiv Jagday is an FIH accredited coach who originally hails from Punjab in India. He was a former Canadian and USA national team coach with an exposure of a basic junior to the extreme Olympic and World Cup level. The objective of this course was to introduce the delicacy of the game to the players, 42 trainee coaches and some persons interested in the game with knowledge of administration. The course was well received by all the participants. The participants were fascinated by the teaching techniques and the coaching experience of the Coach Shiv. Several media were present to report the activities.