It seems a long time since Christmas, but it’s still a great memory for the children at FONDAPS as they enjoyed such a wonderful party on the 21st December.
500 children came along to SODIPAL soccer field and had fun with bouncy castles while the DJ played some tunes. There was an array of treats for them to enjoy including Hot dogs, slush, cotton candy, pop corn, soft drinks and cake. We also held awards for the players of the club and had a couple of dances from groups of girls that came.
At the end we had a distribution of gifts and the kids were all delighted. We’d like to say a big thank you for these gifts to Stella Babourne, the owner of Haitian company Maison Handal . We’d also like to thank Rebecca Filsaime who helped make the party happen.
Patrice Millet, founder of FONDAPS said “The children had a great time and they dressed up for the occasion. They ate, sang, danced and partied. I was touched by how much love the children gave back to us and how much they appreciate the work that we do at FONDAPS”.
Ryan Fitzgibbons comes to FONDAPS following a professional soccer career both in the United States and Mexico.
His professional career began after his sophomore season at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was the goalkeeper for the Carolina Dynamo of the USL and for the Philadelphia KIXX of the MISL. The high point of Ryan’'s career was with Atlas, of the FAF, in Guadalajara, Mexico where he was the goalkeeper for two seasons.
Since his retirement, Ryan has committed himself to youth player development through various avenues. He holds free soccer clinics in different parts of the country and individually trains players ranging from youth to the collegiate level. Ryan also takes an active role in helping coaches develop as role models, leaders and knowledgeable assets to their community by holding coaching clinics as well as training with the coaches' respective middle school, high school and club level teams.
Ryan has a passion for working with youth and participates in various charities. His recent passion is being involved and partnering with Patrice to generate financial and public support for FONDAPS in the United States through fundraisers and clothing drives. With Ryan's background in soccer, he is inspired by the young children of FONDAPS passion for both life and the game.