YMCA d’Haiti Sports Camps

Since 2008, the Ridgewood YMCA, in cooperation with the YMCA d‘Haiti, has sponsored annual soccer camps in Haiti for local youths.

Now in its ninth year, a group of local volunteers, led by former Ridgewood YMCA Board of Directors member, Jim Delia, will return to Haiti this summer for camp in the town of Port-au-Prince. Formerly a soccer only camp, the Haiti Sports Camp now also includes vollyeball and basketball training.

Says Delia, “Soccer is an escape for most of these kids. It’s a way to occupy their day and for many, the game is a lifesaver. Our goal is take that enthusiasm for the game and use it to teach these kids some of the core values of the Y such as responsibility, teamwork, honesty, respect and caring”.

To make a donation to the YMCA d’Haiti Soccer Camps program, please click the Donate button below. Any amount, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.  

A $150 donation to the YMCA d’Haiti soccer camp program provides each boy or girl:

  • one week of soccer and volleyball training
  • 3 meals per day
  • usage of all all sports facilities and cabins
  • visits to local cultural destinations such as museums and historal landmarks
  • a recreational beach party