Haiti Women Soccer Team pledges money to opposing Trinidad and Tobago Team

Haiti sends Emergency Money to Trinidad/Tobago Soccer Team. Responding to a tweet, Shek Borkowski, coach of Haiti's soccer team, sent the last of the team's money, $1,316, to the Trinidad and Tobago (T and T) National Soccer Team to cover lunch. The tweet said the money the team arrived with was not enough to cover necessities while they were in Dallas for the next few days.


Haiti's magnanimous gesture left the team in a bind, until the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), hearing of the selfless gesture, stepped up to the plate. CGI made a call to Haiti's soccer federation and offered to support, not only Haiti's bid for the CONCACAF championship, but subsidize the women's soccer program for the long haul.

Borkowski was stunned when he received the news. He has been requested to itemize what immediate needs the team has to compete in CONCACAF and also to complete an annual budget. Borkowski said if CGI hadn't offered to fund Haiti, and they had been disqualified at the CONCACAF, the soccer team would probably have had to dissolve.

The decision to help the T and T team was not initiated by Borkowski himself but by his players, who saw the plea posted on Twitter by Randy Waldrum, T and T's coach. Seen by Borkowski's players, they appealed to him to help T and T. Waldrum's tweet went viral, and a soccer website called KeeperNotes.com ended up getting more than $9,300 in donations for T and T deposited to a PayPal account.

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