As I sat at my house one summer morning, the coach brought a young man holding his arm. Tears were in his eyes. He had leaped up in the air (during a training session) next to a defender to head a ball. He headed the ball successfully, but landed on his wrist. He was in pain. We did our unprofessional tests trying to determine the severity. Finally, we decided it deserved an x-ray. ASAPH funds were used to cover fuel costs for fellow missionary KEVIN SCHROCK from Iowa to drive the boy and his coach to the hospital. The X-rays proved our original evaluation that there was no break, only a sprain. ASAPH funds covered the hospital visit. A week later the boy was back on the field playing.
During a Saturday late-afternoon game, another boy was in the mix for a corner kick that came lofting into the box. The player beside him jumped, and his elbow hit the ASAPH player on top of his newly shaved head. The skin separated and blood poured out. ASAPH was there! We got the boy to sit down and opened the ASAPH first aid kit and applied a compress. Soon the bleeding stopped and he was fine.
I'm returning to Haiti with more supplies. I purchased a supply of gauze and tape. AND I now have a set of inflatable splints should we ever get a broken bone. In my 25 years in the community of PBO, only one or two bones have been broken during soccer games. I hope we'll never need these supplies, but we have them just in case.
Without support from ASAPH sponsors, these items would not be available to the sweet young players of ASAPH Football Academy. THANK YOU!!!