Amid incredible odds, a small group of earthquake victims became emboldened to defy deeply entrenched Haitian stereotypes against people with disabilities. They formed Team Zaryen, an amputee soccer team that has transformed victims into beacons of hope, creating real possibilities for those attempting to rebuild their lives from the rubble of the 2010 earthquake.
The “Haitian Inspiration Tour,” featured a group of amputee soccer players from Haiti known as Team Zaryen. They visited the New York City area, following three days in Washington, D.C., where the team held clinics for wounded American service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at the facilities of Washington’s professional soccer team, D.C. United.
In Washington, D.C., they conducted clinics and training sessions at both Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and at the D.C. United field at RFK Stadium. D.C. United, Washington’s Major League Soccer team, agreed to host several of the Haitian team’s clinics and demonstration matches.
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