Lorie Soccer Team

“We were not expecting such a wonderful gesture from Portland or anybody else.  We thought that one day this day might come. This day was a like dream come true.  Before this day we had only one ball to take us to the championship.  Now we have six balls on top of that one ball we had.  We are extremely happy and say thank you.”

 In the red shirt holding the ball is the captain of the soccer team for the village of Lorie, 30 minutes from Cap Haitian, and the north coast of Haiti.  He’s one of the 515 people treated in two days in the village of Lorie during a mobile health care clinic, run by the Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas: HACAOT.  Lead by a seasoned group of military veterans from Texas, and a dedicated crew of doctors, nurses, and clinicians from the upper mid west, 19 Americans came to Haiti for one of the busiest work weeks of their lives.


6 soccer balls were hand delivered this week thanks to the HACAOT mission, and a collaboration between Adam Bacher Photography and the Timbers Army, a fan based charity group for Portland Oregon’s professional soccer team, the Portland Timbers.  The Timbers Army donated 24 brand new professional grade soccer balls, and Adam Bacher Photography brought them to Haiti for distribution.  Game season for the Lorie team starts in two months, allowing time for the field to dry out (background of  group photo below).

When given the balls, team captain, Gary Louis, said:

“We are extremely happy.  We were not expecting such a wonderful gesture from the Portland team or from anybody else.  We thought that one day this day might come. This day was a like dream come true.  Before this day we had only one ball to take us to the championship.  Now we have six balls on top of that one ball we had.  We are extremely happy and say thank you to them. . . . .  we will pray for the team (Timbers) so they can become  more successful and be able to help others as well.”

If the Lorie team makes it to the championship they’ll play a 30 game season.  One member said, “We are starting to have support.  With these balls we have a future.”

Yesterday and today a bright spot shone on a group that couldn’t need it more, with the biggest gift being the healthcare they received the day before.  In their best clothes today,  many of them were hard to recognize.  The need in Haiti is tremendous. I’m quite sure if they had shoes they’d have been wearing them.

Together with local interrupters and a Haitian doctor, the HACAOT mission was to treat as many people as possibly was a tremendous success.  For five days the HACAOT team set up and broke down a mobile health care clinic, at sites between a half hour and two hours away.  Add two full days of travel on each end, and you get a week which thousands of Haitians and a few Americans will never forget.

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9 Comments

  1. peyton November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    this article is very intresting

  2. damien November 17, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    hey adem nice job ur doin keep up the goood work

  3. logan November 17, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    this website is amazing!!

  4. zac November 17, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Its nice you made their dream come true

    • Francis May 25, 2012 at 2:28 am #

      I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work Look fraword to reading more from you in the future.

  5. zac November 17, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Its very nice that you gave them 6 soccer ball,s

  6. Cindy November 17, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    hope they have fun with the soccer balls and the article is intersting

  7. sammy, karlee November 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    i hope they make it to the championship

  8. Brandon renhard November 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    we are all so fortunate and down in haiti and riwanda they are not and your giving away stuff all the little stuff counts

    -brandon at baker prarie middle school

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