Texas State becomes first U.S. school to host Haitian Amputee team
Nothing gets these players down. But Texas State will have the opportunity to raise them up.
The Haitian Amputee World Cup Soccer team is touring the United States right now, raising support to compete in international World Cup matches. This week, Texas State University will become the first school in the country to host the team.
The Bobcats women’s soccer team as well as Texas State club soccer teams will scrimmage the Haitians in a series of exhibition matches to be held Friday, Nov. 12 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Campus soccer fields. Admission is $2 per person, and all funds will go towards the team’s World Cup travel expenses.
Haiti, located on the western side of the island Hispaniola about 700 miles from the tip of Florida, was devastated in January by an earthquake which killed an estimated 230,000 people. The country is now battling a cholera epidemic, which is predicted to worsen as seasonal storms affect conditions in earthquake refugee camps.
“Some of the men on this team are amputees due to that earthquake,” said Tori Riddles, president of the Adaptive Sports Club of Texas State, in a statement about the event. “We’re ecstatic to be able to help them out, but we need campus-wide support to make this event a success.”
For more information about the event, contact Allie Thomas with ASCOTS by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Haitian Amputee World Cup Soccer team can be found on Facebook or on the International Institute of Sport website.