Four groups coming together for one cause in a nation still recovering from a catastrophe.
That’s exactly what athletic giant adidas, New York Red Bulls and the Jozy Altidore Foundation did when they joined forces recently with a group of student athletes from the University of Pittsburgh to leave a lasting impression on a group of orphaned children in Haiti.
The quartet teamed up to bring soccer balls, as well as new RBNY apparel and accessories, to the kids of the EBAC Orphanage in a town near Cap-Haitien, Haiti in the northern part of the country. Haiti is still recovering the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island nation.
“This was a wonderful project and I couldn’t be happier with the result in what truly was a team effort involving so many people and organizations,” Altidore said. “As you all know, Haiti and its people maintain a special place in my heart that will forever burn bright. So, any time my foundation can get involved with others looking to make a difference in the struggling country we will surely join the effort.”
Adidas, led by Casey Armstrong, donated more than a dozen soccer balls of various sizes to the project. Daniel Marrett, the director of marketing for the New York Red Bulls, and his staff put together an amazing package of youth socks, shirts and official RBNY game jerseys. Everything was shipped to Florida, where it was packaged and mailed to Haiti around the same time the Pitt athletes arrived in the country.
Altidore was quick to praise everyone who joined the effort.
“From the folks at adidas and RBNY to those who took care of shipping the items, it was a perfect example of how multiple groups joined together to deliver some special moments to a group of children in need,” Altidore said.
Joe Trebitz, a linebacker on the Pitt Panthers football team who reached out to Altidore’s foundation for assistance, said the kids were elated with their new gifts and enjoyed being able to play their favorite sport with new balls and clothing.
“It really made the kids’ week. They loved everything,” said Trebitz, when asked about the reaction he and his fellow Pitt athletes received from the children. Trebitz said it was a really kind gesture on the part of Jozy, adidas and the New York Red Bulls to help them and the orphanage.
Several Pitt athletic teams were represented on the trip, including football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, wrestling and men’s and women swimming and diving.
- jozyaltidore.com staff report
Event: Adidas, Jozy Altidore Foundation, New York Red Bulls
& University of Pittsburgh Student Athletes Help Haiti
Date: April 2013 – May 2013
Location: EBAC Orphanage, Cap-Haitien, Haiti
(Photos courtesy of Joe Trebitz)