In 2017, a man in Georgia reached out to TruthFC about collecting soccer for his upcoming medical trip to Haiti. In may emails exchanged, he decided to collect the gear himself under TruthFC’s name but made sure that his gear collection was up to TFC’s quality. This was the first time a team had offered to collect the gear on their own, under TruthFC’s supervision. After collecting the gear, cleaning it, and then packing it up, him and his team were ready to go to Haiti.
In Haiti, the soccer gear was widely accepted as ‘football’ is widely accepted among Haitians. Many of the youth watch and play soccer while cheering for the respective country’s teams. While providing medical, the group used soccer as tool to reach out to the youth, keep them busy, and bring in more people. The trip leader said, “The kids are the ones that usually need “something” to keep them busy and interested while they are not in school. Soccer is a great way to do that locally…”
The trip was largely successful but a deeper message was shared beyond the giving of soccer gear. In an email sent to the executive director, Jayla Elstad, the team leader expressed this. He wrote:
“I don’t need much other than you to help keep the message going and allowing us going on these trips the ability to make the connection between going on a medical / building mission trip to why we are bringing so much soccer equipment and gear.
I will think about it some more, but your story is fantastic and it shows that no matter how old you are or what you do “day to day” you can make a global impact and change the lives of others around the world.”