|Gary with his well deserved medal!|
At H.E.R.O. our goal is to provide as many opportunities for our children to be successful in a variety of domains. We are preparing our children to achieve at high levels in academics, athletics, social and emotional well being, art, and much more. One of the difficulties of living in Haiti is knowing that sometimes preparation doesn’t result in success, simply because there are not many opportunities to use one’s talents. For example, there are many young adults that have graduated college, and can’t find a job. Another example is that last year the Track and Field Federation of Haiti had 0 tournaments in the country. A third example is that this year, if H.E.R.O. hadn’t sponsored the only two tennis tournaments this far, there would not have been any created by the Haitian Tennis Federation. Finally, there is only 1 chess tournament for kids during the whole year in Haiti. My point is that at H.E.R.O. we have prepared our children in all of these domains, but often there just aren’t opportunities to display our talent.
Fortunately, this past week, we had the opportunity to participate in the annual Haitian National Scholastic Chess Championship. And when our preparation met opportunity, we had outstanding success! Gary, who has been with H.E.R.O. less than six months, and therefore has trained in chess for that length of time, won 3rd place in the Under 15 category! We prepared, we were given an opportunity, and we were successful! In fact, 4 of our children won 4 matches and lost only 1 match, but unfortunately fell just shy of placing in the tournament as well. We are so proud that we were given the opportunity to succeed and put our talents on display.
But, the sad reality is that there is so little opportunity for children here in Haiti to shine. So far, in the past 9 months, H.E.R.O. has sponsored 10 track and field events, 2 tennis tournaments, more than 6 small chess tournaments, and so much more! We want to make sure that our children have the opportunity to use their preparation and be successful. If you want to sponsor a chess, track and field, or tennis tournament in Haiti, please let me know! Give the children of Haiti a chance to be successful!