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

Jerrod Laventure, soccer player with Haitian roots

Jerrod Laventure currently plays professional American soccer for Jersey Express. The American footballer has Haitian roots. He began his football career while still in college and has developed to a professional footballer currently playing in the USL Premier Development League.

Jerrod Laventure was born in January 15, 1983. His birth place is the Middle Island in New York. He played college soccer at Seton Hall University. His college soccer success earned him a place in the Big East first team in 2005 after registering 8 goals and 6 assists. He joined MLS Player Combine and played for the Metro Stars reserve team.

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Joachim Alcine, Haitian Canadian professional boxer

Joachim Alcine was a prominent Canadian boxer who was born in Haiti in 1976. He used to fight mostly in Montreal and Quebec.

Joachim Alcine migrated to Canada when he was nine-years old and showed his interest in boxing when he was 12. However, he got the first taste of boxing at the age of 16. His boxer friend Blaise Mayemba took him under the supervision of legend Mike Moffa. Alcine obtained a record of 42-6 and participated in few international fights during his amateur career.

Alcine's pro career was begun in the middle of 1999. He won the first fight of his pro career against Louis Bouchard quite convincingly and in an impressive way with all the exposure. However, he had to wait a lot for fights during early stage of his career. He won the WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight Title in 2005 defeating Hilton Dos Santos. Joachim Alcine also won the WBC International Light Middleweight Title in the same year defeating Elio Ortiz. In addition, Alcine defeated Fernando Hernandez to win the NABA Light Middleweight Title in 2006.

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Jonathan Vilma, Haitian American football player

After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he launched The Jonathan Vilma Foundation. The foundation was made to help rebuild the country of Haiti and in particular to help provide basic education to the youth of Haiti. Though he is a successful American football linebacker, Jonathan Polynice Vilma has his native nation Haiti at heart.

Vilma currently plays for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was born on April 16, 1982 in Coral Gables, Florida. His parents are natives of Haiti who had migrated to the United States in 1970.

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Jozy Altidore, soccer player, Villarreal CF

Jozy Altidore is one of the players in the US football national team. He is a great player who has had his own share of glorious moments. He is born of Haitian parents but in the US such that he is an American citizen. He has had various moments which he has made so greatly in the various football clubs he has played for.

Jozy Altidore is currently in the club Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in the US while at the same time he is a US national team player. He began his career at a very tender age of 16 when he was picked out as the 17th to play for MetroStars now the New York Red Bulls where he traded up to receive the selection.

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Jeffrey Julmis to represent Haiti in 2012 Olympics in London

Jeffrey Julmis was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., though he has deep Haitian roots.

His parents - Jackson Julmis and Nicole Jean-Pierre - are native Haitians. The young man who has never lived in Haiti is proud to represent his country of origin. On his official website, Jeffrey says, "I had my choice of countries to represent between the United States and Haiti. Since I was a kid, I always said if I get to the Olympics, I want to represent Haiti. I'm proud to be Haitian."

Jeffrey Julmis has been shortlisted to represent Haiti in the upcoming Olympics that are in London, where he will be running the 110m hurdles race. He will join other Haitian athletes in France to attend a training camp and participate in several European competitions of qualification for the London Games.

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Donald Guerrier, Volunteer Ambassador for the Promotion of South of Haiti

The Haitian soccer player, Wilde Donald Guerrier, is a rising star not only in his homeland, but also in the international football scene. The 23-year old currently belongs to the Haiti National Football Team as a Defender under the number 23. Guerrier is also a member of the popular Haitian football club América des Cayes and holds a record of nine caps and one goal while playing for the national team for the past three years. He is known in the field for his speed and agility.

Donald Guerrier, along with his other team mates, are regarded as football heroes by their fellow Haitians especially during the 2010 earthquake, the series of hurricanes, and the cholera outbreak that hit the country. Despite these tragedies, the national team never lost their passion and goal in finally qualifying for the World Cup to represent Haiti. Every win by the team gives pride to the nation and at the same time inspires young Haitians to pursue and excel in sports. Football and other sports are perceived as one way Haiti could get into the international market and provides room for economic growth and national unity.

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Olympian Edrick Floreal Continues to Strive for Excellence

Edrick Floreal, a former long and triple jumper, born on October 5, 1966, in Gonaives, Haiti, is a naturalized citizen of Canada.

As a track and field athlete, he competed at two successive Summer Olympics, representing Canada. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Triple Jump qualifying round, finishing in 18th place; and in the 1992 Summer Olympics, he placed 28th in the qualifying round for the Long Jump.

Edrick Floreal greatest success as a track star occurred, when he competed for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, while at the University of Arkansas, a school known for excellence in jumping. He won, both in the Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump, winning Indoor Championships in 1989 and 1990, and Outdoor Championships in 1988, 1989, and 1990.
Floreal now directs the Track and Field Program at Stanford University, and is wed to another track star, LaVonna Martin-Floreal, who earned an Olympic Silver Medal in the 100-meter Hurdles event, in 1992. Floreal's most recent honor was being named the "2010 Indoor West Regional Coach of the Year", a recognition bestowed upon him by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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FC Dallas signs midfielder James Marcelin

The Haitian soccer players James Marcelin was signed to FC Dallas on Friday where he will be playing as a midfielder. The terms of the deal were undisclosed and no official payments were made as an announcement. This will help in promoting other Haitian soccer players to play better soccer since the chances for international recognition are there.

The prolific player James Marcelin was born in Haiti on June 13, 1986. Marcelin began his career with Roulado when he was sixteen, helping the team to win the Ligue Haïtienne title in 2003, before moving to Racing Club Haïtien in 2007. In 2008, he moved to the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division, where he was limited in playing time in league games. However, he played heavily in Puerto Rico's 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League games. In 2009, he became a regular first team starter. On February 11, 2010, the Portland Timbers (USL) of the USSF D2 Pro League signed James Marcelin to a one year contract for the 2010 season where he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.

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Georges Laraque Number One Enforcer in the NHL

Georges Laraque, a Haitian-American and former Canadian professional ice hockey player, was born December 7, 1976 in Montréal, Quebec. He joined the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1996 as a Forward. His team, the Granby Prédateurs, won the 1996 Memorial Cup.

Before joining the NHL, Laraque skated sporadically for three seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs team, under the AHL banner. While skating for the NHL, in 2003, he won the Best Fighter award, given by The Hockey News, and was also recognized as the 2008 top enforcer by Sports Illustrated.

Georges Laraque, in 2006, was being considered as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers. He tried to negotiate a contract, in which he would accept a cut in pay, if in exchange, the Oilers would include a no-trade clause, and sign him on as a long-term player. The Oilers refused to do so. Laraque went on to play for the Phoenix Coyotes that same year and then was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Gosder Cherilus, Detroit Lions offensive tackle

Gosder Cherilus is a Haitian born football star who has made it in the limelight out of his great and exceptional talent on the field. He plays for Detroit Lions of the National Football League as an offensive tackle where so far he has shown a great deal of talent and expertise. He is one of the few players who have made it out of their being very much dedicated at what they do such that he is one of the few players who are able to make a great chance out of nothing by just getting into the field and doing what they do and only know.

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