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Making a pitch for Haiti

The UIndy men’s soccer team had the opportunity of a lifetime this past summer to travel to the Caribbean island-nation of Haiti. Fifteen students made the trip, along with head coach John Higgins and four of his colleagues.

The team spent seven days with the host organization, Nehemiah Vision Ministries, serving the local Chambrun community.

Haiti-2The Nehemiah campus serves as a clinic, school, and community center for religious and recreational activities. Of the recreational facilities that were available, the soccer field was undoubtedly the most popular. Although not much more than a field of hard-packed dirt and a pair of goals, the boys of Chambrun had made the most of it.

Digging in

“The Haitian boys take each game seriously,” says junior UIndy midfielder JT Hiquet. “It’s amazing how they play as hard as they do, without any shoes, not even worrying about an injury.”

The UIndy team got to know the Chambrun boys well, spending many late afternoons playing pick-up soccer games with their hosts.


“This trip serves as a chance to bring togetherness to the team as they prepare for the 2015 pre-season. The collegiate soccer experience is about more than just success on the field.”


When the UIndy team first arrived in Haiti, they found out that their task for the week was to build the foundations for a soccer field, known as a pitch. That meant picking up rocks, digging hundreds of feet of trench for an underground irrigation system, and planting grass seed.

But the real goal was to build even deeper foundations.

Building hope

Haiti-1A history of colonialism, internal corruption, and one of the most devastating natural disasters of the century have all left Haiti to face immense problems of poverty, hunger, and disease.

Even though the Chambrun soccer field can’t change these issues, the team hopes that the pitch will be a source of empowerment and encouragement for the young men and women there.

The trip served as an important learning opportunity for the soccer team. Many UIndy students had not experienced widespread poverty or new cultures before.

“This trip served as a chance to bring togetherness to the team as they prepared for the 2015 preseason,” says Higgins.

“The collegiate soccer experience is about more than just success on the field.”

Ahmed Mitiche ’16