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Julie Gainsley

Supporting: Fundraise for Sprint! for Sprint to Cite Soleil

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Hello!

I am working with my good friend Sam Shapiro to help raise funds for his organization "Sprint to Cite Soleil". When Sam was in 8th grade, his family adopted a 15-year old boy, Marc Arthur, from Haiti.  Wanting to learn more about his brother's culture and upbringing, he traveled to Haiti and witnessed first hand the challenges Marc Arthur endured growing up as a child of Cite Soleil.  Sam knew he wanted to help kids in Haiti.  He remembered walking through an abandoned basketball court and wondered what it would be like for kids to have a safe place to go and learn life-building skills through the sport of basketball.  Through the use of social media, connections were made and within a couple of months, Sam's nonprofit Sprint to Cite Soleil was created.  Almost 3 years later, his program has run over 300 weekly basketball practices and served over 19,000 meals!  He has bigger visions for these children and wants to share them with friends in his hometown. I would love to have your support to help this growing program and the wonderful kids of Cite Soleil. 


Let's make a better world,

Julie Gainsley

Sprint to Cite Soleil works alongside the community of Cite Soleil, Haiti to inspire, empower, and create peace. Let's transform lives today! 


Cite Soleil, Haiti is often recognized for its extreme poverty and gang violence. We and many promising leaders within Cite Soleil believe this can change in time with sustainable, long-term programs for kids and commitment from the community of Cite Soleil. Sprint to Cite Soleil is a critical program towards driving this change. Sprint works with this community to empower, inspire and promote solidarity through 4 specific aspects: basketball, nutrition, community, and connection. Sprint's basketball program is the foundation of our program. Every Saturday and Sunday, 160 boys and girls (grades 1-12) from all across the community come to together to train in basketball. This program not only gives kids and young adults a supportive and close-knit community, but steers Cite Soleil's next generation off the streets and away from gang affiliation. These kids are all trained weekly by our 10 employed coaches, who also serve as role models. In addition to basketball, Sprint has hired 4 cooks to prepare a nutritious meal for every kid following each Saturday practice. This homemade rice, bean and meat/fish meal is too often the only meal of the day and only reliable source of food for these kids. Outside of our weekly basketball and meal program, Sprint works alongside the community to further support and inspire. In the past, Sprint has led community clean-ups, built Cite Soleil's only standing community basketball court, and so much more. Lastly, Sprint is connected with many national and international organizations and change makers to expand our work and impact upon this community and further. Sprint has supported the build of Cite Soleil's first library, is connected to two Haitian hospitals, a special needs home, orphanages, and other community programs!





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