My name is Karl Celestin. I am an educator, athlete, and community leader. I truly believe that everyone's happiness derives from his or her passion. My passion is using sports, especially soccer to build and strengthen community ties, promote positivity, raise awareness, and to provide the youth with the opportunity to use sports as a tool for stress management and healthy living. I am using the Gofundme platform to raise money for a sport academy called Passion Athletic Club which is fully registered in the state of New Jersey where we organize youth soccer camps/recreational games, and looking to add leagues and traveling teams for local children. In addition, we have an outreach program in Arcahaie, Haiti where we have 93 children, ages 6 to 17, male and female. We also have a U23 team with ages ranging from 18 to 23 which will participate in the 3rd division in Haiti's national league
. These are local kids with a lot of talent in soccer. Being that there are no programs available for their development in the sport, Passion Athletic Club decided to put a structured program in place where they train daily (when schools are closed) and twice a week *when schools are opened). By February of 2021, we are planning on providing meals, mentoring and after-school programs with foreign languages.
At this time we are in great need for field equipment and practice gear to keep the program afloat. We are looking to purchase soccer balls (sizes 3, 4, 5), shin guards, practice shirts, cones/discs. first aid kits, goal nets, speed and agility equipment.