POSTED: August 3rd 2010

Peace and Sport: Sport Solidarity for Haiti program makes great strides

Double Olympic Champion in 200m and World Champion in 100m Veronica Campbell-Brown from Jamaica signs the Peace and Sport VIP Book for Haiti /  Peace and Sport
Double Olympic Champion in 200m and World Champion in 100m Veronica Campbell-Brown from Jamaica signs the Peace and Sport VIP Book for Haiti / Peace and Sport

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Aug 3: The Peace and Sport special project “Sport Solidarity for Haiti” was launched almost five months ago to donate sports equipment and funds to the Haitian Olympic Committee (HOC). Since the launch the initiative has made great progress to bring relief to the earthquake striken youth population.

In partnership with Peace and Sport under the sponsorship of UNICEF, the HOC has used the equipment to provide sports activities for children and adolescents from 3-18 years living in Survivor Camps in the areas at Port-au-Prince and Léogâne.

Peace and Sport founder and president Joel Bouzou said, “Thanks to your donations and your active efforts to mobilize your networks, nearly 35,000 young Haitians can practice varied sports activities every week under the leadership of the Haitian Olympic Committee.

“I will myself travel to Haiti next week in the company of the French World Champion football player, Christian Karembeu, to have a complete view of the most urgent needs and to continue to mobilize the international community.”

During the Herculis 2010 athletics championships held in Monaco in July, Peace and Sport also put together a VIP Book to gather the signatures of support of over 140 athletes to be given to Haiti’s minister of sport, Evans Lescouflair. The book was idealized to bring a message of hope and encouragement to Haiti's children.

Bouzou said: "I greatly look forward to presenting this VIP Book dedicated to the children of Haiti. The athletes who have signed it are role-models for these children and an unparalleled source of inspiration in their lives. Their words of encouragement appeal to youngsters to stay strong, tenacious and positive, in order to overcome the ordeal they are going through. Sport is a fantastic tool to support them during this transition period and I warmly thank the athletes participating in Herculis 2010 for being the bearers of this message of hope." 

Also during this athletics event the IAAF signed a global partnership with Peace and Sport for several projects to coordinate together envisioning sports activities in the Great Lakes region of Africa, organizing Races for Peace throughout the world, and the IAAF has donated to the “Sport Solidarity for Haiti” program 10 athletics kits and will train 30 socio-sports educators to help with the operation.

IAAF president Lamine Diack, said: "Through this partnership with Peace and Sport, the IAAF reaffirms the social role of athletics and its determination to contribute actively to the development of the poorest communities in the world, promoting peace-education and a culture of peace."

Bouzou and his team including football champion, Christian Karembeu, will be traveling to Haiti in early August to deliver the VIP Book and to further the works of the project. 

The Peace and Sport organization is based in Monaco and is under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Keywords · Peace and Sport · Prince Albert of Monaco · Joel Bouzou · Christian Karembeu · Lamine Diack

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