Luckson Laurent established Tommy Foutbal Club (TFC) in 2004. There are 25 members, all of whom hail from La Ferme Blanchard, Haiti. They range in age from 15 to 26. Since the devastating earthquake in January 2010 the sparse education and employment opportunities have virtually disappeared. These players have lost livelihoods, homes and family members. Lack of opportunities now stagnates their skills in masonry, agronomy, etc.
TFC will in the “Championat Anti Stress Leagues, Ete 2012” amidst the fields east of the city. TFC is a marginalized group with a chance at the championship. In 2010 and 2011 TFC fell in the semis after an admirable run. They wear borrowed kits that may be lost at any time. Many of these players train without shoes and borrow ill-fitting boots for matches. I played with TFC in the 2010 season.
TFC is working with us on an integrated agricultural demo site. They are building a security wall around our site in return for equipment. PROViDE paid them with meals, cones, a coaching manual, steel frames, and 2010/2011 seasons’ registration. With donation from Daniel Spillman we also gave them OneWorld balls. For completion of the wall they will get full uniforms donated by Total Shirt Imaging. Individuals can also log their hours in order to earn boots.
It was great to see my friends, and teammates this spring of 2012. Upon my arrival we held a ceremony to honor the team for work they completed last summer and to supply each player, coach, and the “Tommy FC mamas” (team managers) with brand new Nike Clima-dri polos (donated by Bountiful Rush and the Wardel Family), complete with Tommy FC embroidery patches done by Total Shirt Imaging (TSI) in Ogden, UT.
Tommy FC finished their seasons in 2010 and 2011 in third place but is destined to take the championship with their new uniforms donated by TSI. Owner, and soccer enthusiast, Charles Barowski, donated high-quality kits (jersey, shorts, and two pair of socks) to Tommy FC.
These uniforms will compensate the team for their work this spring in setting up a soccer clinic and Croix-des-Bouquets first formal Youth Soccer League that is to run all summer. Players will maintain the field, act as coaches, referees, and hold clinics for the children. Each youth team will be equipped with uniforms donated during the re-branding of Northern Utah soccer team, Bountiful Rush.
Charles also printed Tommy FC’s logo on hundreds of white t-shirts. The team will sell these shirts to supporters—local and international—to raise funds for equipment and registration fees. You can order your TOMMY FC POLO today in Black or White.
During the two weeks I was in Haiti in March 2012, Tommy FC held two exhibition games: one against the Tommy FC “alumni” (in which I played and scored one of two goals for the current team), and the other against neighboring competition named Whatever FC. Both games concluded as ties, 2-2 and 3-3 respectively.
Tommy FC pou lavi!