“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
– Jeremiah 29:11
“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 of 2017 and the project was divided into two phases. The first phase, which was completed in August of 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 field was officially opened on 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.
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. However, we believe the root cause of these issues is a lack of opportunities, limited focus on education and a lack of understanding of identity.
Mission of Hope: Haiti provides over 91,000 meals per day, education for over 9,000 people per day and is restoring villages from the inside out both physically and spiritually on a daily basis.
We believe that sports create an opportunity for people to develop physical abilities, foster teamwork, learn interpersonal skills, cope with stress and grow in responsibility to become men and women of integrity. Sports has the capacity to mobilize and inspire people from different cultures and backgrounds. By impacting over 15,000 children per year, the Haiti Sports Complex will provide the opportunity for children to develop those positive character traits and life values.
The ultimate goal of the Haiti Sports Complex is for the people of Haiti to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Every North American and Haitian worker at the complex will be trained to include aspects of the Gospel when interacting with children. Through these interactions with mentors and older role models, we believe the people of Haiti will begin to change the way they view the world around them. These coaches will be readily available to dig deeper in the Word and to help guide families to a local church.
Yes, Carson returned to Haiti with several of his Eagles teammates in 2018. He plans to visit the country frequently, as it holds a special place in his heart.
Currently, the best way to contribute to the work being done in Haiti is through monetary donations. Please utilize the “Donate” button at the top of our website to accomplish this. For any other inquiries, please contact us at: email@example.com.