Haiti triple jumper Pierre Francois dreams big for Pan Am Games

July 14, 2014 10:33 am In the News

When Pierre François was running and jumping in the hills above his small town in Haiti he had no idea what he was doing was a sport. He had never heard of track and field and, besides, he was busy dreaming of being a soccer player.

But even as a confident teenager he knew those would only ever be dreams. He could look around Saint-Jean-du-Sud and see that he and his friends might like playing, and be pretty good at it, but there was no where to go with it. Their dreams wouldn’t take them beyond weekend pickup games.

“There weren’t any teams to take you to the next level,” François said. “There’s really not much opportunity in Haiti.”

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