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Cornerstone Hosts National Haitian Women's Soccer Team

CU women's soccer team plays the Haitian team in an exhibition game to raise funds for victims of the earthquake.

Grand Rapids, MI

Cornerstone University’s women’s soccer team will host the Federation Haitienne De Football (FHF) women’s national team in a pre-season exhibition match Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. on the campus soccer field.

The game is one of several warm up matches for the Haitian team as they prepare for their FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

“This is 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.”

After 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.

Cornerstone hopes the event will display Christian hospitality and share 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.

The Haitian women’s team has been rebuilding its program since the disaster struck. Many players and their families lost everything.

There is no cost to attend the game. Donations at the game will go towards the team.

CU alumnae, Mallery Neptune, who started Haiti Foundation Against Poverty during her time at Cornerstone, plans to attend the game and support the Haiti community.

“I began HFAP to empower poor, orphaned and widowed Haitians and to spread the message of the Gospel,” said Neptune, currently a resident of Haiti. “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.”

Members of local Haitian churches and PASS soccer club members will attend the game.

Cornerstone 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 the Haiti team.

For more information, contact Randy Strawser at randy.strawser@cornerstone.edu

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