Grand Rapids, Mich.-Cornerstone University's women's
soccer team is preparing to host the Federation Haitienne De Football (FHF)
women's national team in a pre-season exhibition match on Cornerstone's campus
at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.
is one of several warm up matches for the Haitian team as they prepare for
their FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
a great opportunity for our team," said CU women's soccer head coach Randy Strawser.
"It's also a chance for our community to see firsthand the outcome of their
support for Haiti."
the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti's capital, Léogâne, in January
2010, Cornerstone was one of many local organizations who worked to send aid
and support to the devastated country.
our chance to celebrate the work of everyone who responded to the crisis," said
Bob Sack, executive director of marketing and communications at Cornerstone.
hopes that this event will act as an effort to display Christian hospitality
and share about Christ to the Haitian team. As part of the event, Cornerstone
is making a donation to the International Women's Opportunity Foundation
(IWOF), an organization tied to the FHF whose goal is to fund re-development of
women's soccer and other opportunities for the women of Haiti.
Haitian women's team has been rebuilding their program since the disaster
struck. Many players and their families were directly affected by the
excited to be working with Cornerstone to both help us prepare for our upcoming
World Cup qualifiers and help this worthwhile cause," said Shek Borkowski, FHF
Women's Technical Director.
addition to making a donation to IWOF, Cornerstone will also make a donation to
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty (HFAP), a nonprofit organization founded by
Cornerstone alumna Mallery Neptune.
HFAP to empower poor, orphaned and widowed Haitians and to spread the message
of the Gospel," said Neptune. "Cornerstone equipped me with the knowledge,
spiritual discipline and Truth that I need daily to serve the Lord in Haiti. It
is an absolute joy to see two of my loves, Cornerstone and Haiti, come together
in this way."
would like to invite the general public to share in this free celebration.
Donations will be accepted at the gate, with all proceeds going directly to
HFAP to continue their work in Haiti.