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The principal sports in Haiti is soccer. However, many Haitian play basketball, volley ball as well as many other sports.

William Joseph, American football player with Haitian Roots

William Joseph is a professional American football player. His last National Football League team to play for was the Oakland Raiders. His interest for the game began while he was at Edison High School. He has Haitian Roots.

He schooled at the University of Miami where he started every game. William Joseph gained popularity from his college football career. As a junior, William Joseph was third-team All-American recognition by the Associated Press and second-team All-Big East in 2001. He began as a defensive end but later moved to defensive tackle.

His NFL career began in 2003. He was picked by the New York Giants at the 25th overall pick. He signed a five year contract with the Giants. William Joseph began as a reserve defensive reserve before he began playing full time in 2005. He played all regular games in 2005 and 2006 before sustaining an injury in 2007. Joseph received a Super Bowl ring while he played for the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

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Elvis Dumervil, professional American football player

Elvis Dumervil is one of the players born of Haitian parents who had immigrated to the states during one of those moments of high political instability and had to escape to safety settling in the US in Miami best known as little Haiti. He grew up with 10 other children that his parents raised and became one of the best football players that the country has.

Elvis Dumervil was drafted into the football national teams by NFL in 2006 on the 4th round while he played college football in Louisville. He attended college at University of Louisville where his playing began with a very low turnout. He was about to be redshirt by the coach but due to injuries to other players he just continued playing until the year 2005 when everything changed. He rose with a sudden uprising that everyone was astonished.

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Wyn Belotte, Canadian football player with Haitian roots

Wyn Belotte is a promising Canadian footballer who was a standout at the Nantes youth academy. The academy club is recognised for its rigid but effective youth system, as well as the national teams at 17. Belotte scored four goals in World Under-17 Championship qualifying tournament. Then he decided he wanted first-team football and bolted to Norkopping in the Swedish Premier where he couldn't play until turning 18.

Though Belotte's parents were from Haiti, he was born in Canada in 1984. He is not the first footballer of his family as his uncle André played for the Haiti national soccer team of under-16. Belotte was called for the youth national team for the World Youth Cup competition in 2001.

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Yves Jabouin Fights like a Caged Tiger

Haitian-Canadian mixed martial artist (MMA) Yves Jabouin, born on May 30, 1979, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, fights in the bantamweight category in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events. He began his MMA career in 2001, traveling on its circuit. During a fight he strikes like tiger, and fans have nicked-named him Tiger.

In October 2009, Yves Jabouin fought his introductory match at the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) event, taking on Rafael Assuncao, but losing by a split decision. Set to challenge opponent Mark Hominick at the January 2010 WEC event, Jabouin suffered a disappointment, when he sustained an injury during practice, and had to cancel. The fight was re-scheduled for June 2010, and in a second disappointment for Jabouin, Hominick won with a round two TKO. But in November 2010, at the WEC, Jabouin rebounded, beating Brandon Visher in a unanimous decision.

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Steve Octavien, American football player with Haitian Roots

American football linebacker Steve Octavien was born in 1984 in Naples, Fla though his parents are from Haiti.

Octavien joined Illinois instead of his own Naples Lely High School and played for three seasons. He could only manage to play 4 matches for William Rainey Harper College in the year of 2004 because of soulder injury. Still he earned his rank at No. 4 linebacker in junior college in that year. Besides, he was a track standout of the college. He earned a position in Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll in 2005.

Steve Octavien graduated from Nebraska in 2007 in Sociology. He was one of the 20 Huskers to be graduated in the subject that year. In 2006, he played the first three games but missed the next four due to sustained injuries. However, he appeared in all the games in 2007 and led his team in tackles. Before he joined Nebraska he also went to North Carolina and Central Florida.

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U17 World Cup Qualifiers Underway In Haiti, Grenadiers Alaso

Haiti hosts the U-17 FIFA Men's World Cup at the Sylvio Cator Stadium. The 7-day first phase tournament, which was scheduled to kick off last July 3, gathers several teams, including the young Grenadiers and squads from the Dominican Republic and St. Lucia. The qualifying tournament is where the teams would battle for a spot at the 2013 U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The prestigious FIFA competition will be held from October 17 to November 18, 2013.

Haiti is being bannered by talented Grenadiers aged under 17. They are led by coach Maximus Augustus, who played a key role in coming up with the national selection. Augustus receives coaching and training assistance from Chery Pierre and Rosemond Pierre. The U-17 Haiti team square off with squads from St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic and Curacao.

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Vernand Morency, American football player with Haitian roots

Vernand Morency is a famous former American Footballer who used to play as running back in National Football League. He was born on February 4 in 1990 in Miami Florida. His parents were Haitian natives.

Morency's childhood was quite disciplined as he started working as early as five years of age in their family business of real estate. This made him strong both physically and mentally and resulted to his success in his baseball and football career.

Vernand Morency won the honors of All-America in both baseball and football. He was a letterman in both the sports during his days in Northwestern High School in Miami.

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Vladimir Ducasse, professional American football player

Vladimir Ducasse is a Haitian-American football player. He was born and raised in Haiti where his family lived until 2002 when he moved to the US and attended school at Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut. There he joined the school's team and became one of the best players in the school. He therefore continued with the sport until he got to college where his talent grew and nurtured to the point that he got better at it.

Vladimir Ducasse is one of the few players lucky enough to have been selected by the NFL association in 2010 in the second round of the drafting where he was ranked 62nd. It was a great chance he got since it is one of the hardest things for an immigrant to make it to the national teams and as such he got it in a very notable manner.

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Silvio Cator Haiti's World Record Holder

Sylvio Cator At The Olympic Games

Silvio P. Cator, a Haitian track and field competitor, was born on October 9, 1900 and died July 21, 1952. Before he began his track and field career, he played football at the Trivoli Athletic Club and participated in racing events for the Haitian Racing Club. He competed at the 1924 Olympic Summer Games held in Paris, France, in three events, the Free Rifle Team of Haiti, in which he achieved the Bronze Medal, the High Jump (in which he placed 15th), and the Long Jump (in which he placed 12th).

At the 1928 Olympic Games, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Silvio Cator achieved the Silver Medal in the Long Jump Event, losing the Gold to Edward Hamm, by only 16 cm. However, only a few weeks later, in September, he set a new world record, smashing Edward Hamm's Olympic World Record in the Long Jump, by an astounding 7.93 m.

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Samyr Laine to Go for the Gold in 2012 Olympics

Samyr Laine Represents Haiti At The Olympic Games In London 2012

London, England is hosting the Summer 2012 Olympic Games, which will run from Friday, July 27th to Sunday, August 12th. Haiti has a total of nine representatives, five of whom have already qualified to compete in the 30th Olympiad.

Field and Track athlete Samyr Laine will compete in the Triple Jump Event. In the Triple Jump, ability to gain forward momentum and yet get enough lift-off, but not too much, is key to a good Triple Jumper. Laine is one of only three competitors in this narrow-field event.

Samyr Laine's colleague, Linouse Desravines, will compete in Judo in the 52 kg. The other three qualified athletes will also be competing in Field and Track Events: Moïse Joseph, in the 800 m Event; Marleine Wesh, in the 400 m; and Jeffrey Julmis, in the 110 m/Hurdles Event.

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