Since 2008, the Ridgewood YMCA, in cooperation with the YMCA d‘Haiti, has sponsored annual sports camps in Haiti for local youths.
Now in its eleventh year, a group of local volunteers, including our Ridgewood YMCA staff, will return to Haiti this summer in August 2018 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.
Jim Delia has organized and traveled to camp for the last nine years, Jim says, “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”.
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