Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation Brings Haitian Team to U.S.
The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation have brought an Under-15
boys team from L'Athletique d'Haiti, one of the organizations the Galaxy and
the Galaxy Foundation visited during their trip to Haiti, to participate in the
Schwan’s USA CUP in Blaine, MN in
partnership with The Sanneh Foundation.
The L'Athletique d'Haiti team arrived with 15 players on
July 9 and will play three preliminary round games, the first of which took
place this morning with a 4-0 victory over North Metro AJAX. In the tournament,
L'Athletique d'Haiti will also take on the Edina Sting (7/14) and the Midland
Fusion 95 (7/15). The top teams from each group will advance to a playoff
In March of this year, the Galaxy Foundation traveled to
Port-au-Prince, Haiti and delivered soccer equipment and supplies to
L’Athletique d'Haiti (Athletes
of Haiti) sports program, which gives children from some of the poorest neighborhoods
an opportunity to get off the streets, play sports and receive a daily meal, as
well as other organizations in need.
The Haitian Initiative, a joint project of the Galaxy
Foundation and The Sanneh Foundation, was developed after the March 2010 visit
following the devastating earthquake. Through this partnership, the Foundations
will continue to provide soccer-based youth programming, equipment and aid to Haiti
during the rebuilding process.
Some of the soccer gear collected from the Galaxy's July 22 Equipment Drive,
as well as equipment donated through The Sanneh Foundation's Kick It Back
collection at the USA Cup, will benefit L'Athletique d'Haiti.
USA CUP, presented by PUMA, strives to promote friendly competition, growth of
character and international understanding through the world’s most popular
sport, soccer. This year, 911 teams will take part in the eight-day tournament
from July 10-17. A total of 16 countries and 21 states will be represented. The
tournament will take place at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, Minn.
Tonight, the Schwan’s
USA CUP is holding its Olympic-style Opening Ceremonies including a parade of
teams, skydivers, fireworks and a concert featuring Panoramic Blue. The
L'Athletique d'Haiti Under-15 Boys team will have the honor of being the final
team in the parade to walk into NSC Stadium.
The Los Angeles Galaxy
Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and creating
educational, health, and recreational activities and programs for children in
with a specific focus on assisting underserved and at-risk youth. The Galaxy
Foundation is committed to encouraging, educating, and empowering the children
in the community.
more information regarding the Galaxy Foundation’s Haitian Initiative, please
contact the LA Galaxy Communications
department at 310-630-2200. Visit www.lathletiquedhaiti.com
for more information on these organizations.