On Sunday, April 10, over 11,500 people came to watch the Haitian national soccer team play—and defeat—the Harvard men’s soccer team. Students, Haitian-Americans, PIH-supporters, and local soccer fans were out in force. Many of the Haitian-Americans in attendance cheered for their native country from the start, proudly waving Haitian flags and giving Les Grenadiers—the name of the Haitian team—a standing ovation when the squad came out for the first time.
“It was only fitting that such a contest would come down to the most dramatic of finishes, with the 2007 Caribbean Cup winners pulling away to win 4-1 on penalty kicks after a scoreless 90 minutes,” writes Harvard Crimson’s Scott Sherman.
Proceeds from ticket sales are being split evenly between Partners In Health and the Haitian national team. In addition, Crimson coach Carl Junot presented a $2,500 donation to PIH on behalf of Harvard Soccer, Friends of Harvard Soccer, and Harvard Athletics, as well as a $2,500 donation to the Haitian Football Federation from Harvard Soccer, during halftime.