The USA's Jozy Altidore (white jersey) in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action against Haiti. (Photo: Mexsport)
TORONTO – Thanks to Jozy Altidore, Haiti will get to experience the thrill of June’s Copa America Centenario.
The United States international forward is partnering with the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti to deliver television coverage of multiple Copa America Centenario matches to the Caribbean nation, it was announced Wednesday.
The project, solely funded by the Jozy Altidore Foundation, will enable live broadcasts of all group-stage matches featuring the United States and Haiti, as well the semifinal and championship games, to be seen at locations throughout the country.
Altidore and his foundation have been longtime friends and supporters of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, an organization focused primarily on healthcare, education and humanitarian outreach. Most recently, Altidore hosted an evening of celebration in January with fashion icon Kenneth Cole and legendary supermodel Adriana Lima in New York, which raised more than $165,000 for St. Luke.
"The St. Luke Foundation is grateful to partner with Jozy in this effort,” said Wynn Walent, assistant national director at the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti. "Jozy's idea to show these matches resonated with us from the start. It's just a great chance to bring people together and celebrate what is possible in Haiti.
“Jozy's foundation has been a true friend to St. Luke for several years, hosting events, doing online fundraisers and arranging for valuable in-kind donations for our schools. We are beyond grateful for his support and look forward to partnership for many years to come."
The 26-year-old Altidore, who currently plays for Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, has earned 93 caps for the USA.