“A partnership to bring hope to a nation through sport.”
After visiting on a mission trip in the spring of 2017, Carson felt a calling for the AO1 Foundation to establish a footprint in Haiti. He saw the great work Mission of Hope had already been doing in the country, and together they began “A partnership to bring hope to a nation through sport” by building the Haiti Sports Complex.
Construction of the Haiti Sports Complex began in December 2017, and the project was divided into two phases. The first phase, completed in August 2019, included an 18,000 sq. foot multipurpose building with two sport courts and locker rooms.
Following the completion of phase one, the AO1 Foundation granted the necessary funds to begin phase two of the project, which included a full-size turf soccer field adjacent to the multipurpose building. Thanks to the tireless dedication of Haitian construction crews, this project has been completed, and the entire complex was officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2, 2021.
Since the facility opened, Mission of Hope staff has hosted numerous basketball and soccer camps at the sports complex. At each camp, children receive a nutritious meal and fresh water, develop their skills through coaching and are discipled in the Gospel.
Through the partnership with Mission of Hope, the AO1 Foundation will continue to help fund, maintain and run the Haiti Sports Complex.
HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
Haiti was devastated by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on August 14, 2021, which killed more than 2,200 people and left thousand more injured and homeless.
To support Mission of Hope’s relief efforts, Carson and his wife, along with the AO1 Foundation, donated $250,000 for medical supplies, medications, food, clean water and shelter.
By providing 500 tons of food and supplies, Mission of Hope was able to serve more than 370 communities affected by the quake. The country continues to feel its effects, but we are believing God will restore health, safety and strength for His people in Haiti.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The harsh reality in Haiti is that over 98% of people will not graduate high school, over 80% of people are unemployed, and over 54% of people live in poverty. The country has faced severe political corruption and civil unrest, including the assassination of its president in 2021.
Haiti has also been been hit by several natural disasters in recent years that have destroyed homes and limited access to food and clean water for thousands of people.
As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman and child.
Today, they provide over 91,000 meals per day, education for over 9,000 people per day and is restoring villages daily from the inside out both physically and spiritually.
We believe that through sports children in Haiti will have opportunity to develop their physical abilities while also fostering teamwork, learning interpersonal skills, coping with stress and growing in responsibility to become men and women of integrity.
Sports has the capacity to mobilize and inspire people from different cultures and backgrounds. Each year, the Haiti Sports Complex provides the opportunity for 15,000 children to develop those positive character traits and life values.
The ultimate goal of the Haiti Sports Complex is for children to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
All North American and Haitian workers at the complex are trained in discipling the children they interact with daily, and each camp or league game is concluded with a Gospel message. These staff members are readily available to dig deeper in the Word and to help guide families to a local church.
Through these interactions, we believe the people of Haiti will begin to change the way they view the world around them.
Yes, Carson returned to Haiti with several of his teammates in 2018.
Carson met his wife, Madison, who was serving in Haiti as an intern for Mission of Hope in 2017.
The country holds a special place in their hearts, and both plan to return to the country as frequently as possible.
Currently, the best way to contribute to the work being done in Haiti is by making a financial gift. For any other inquiries, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.