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UCR Hosts Haiti Speaker

Former Pro Soccer Player to Discuss Haiti

Feb. 23 program features Jacques LaDouceur and UCR student efforts to aid quake relief efforts.

(February 19, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Former professional soccer player Jacques LaDouceur, a native of Haiti, will discuss “Haiti Beyond the Quake” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the UC Riverside student commons, HUB room 355.

The event, one of several during UCR’s Stop the Hate Week, is free and open to the public. Parking is $5.

LaDouceur, now a resident of Murrieta who coaches the women’s soccer team at Palomar College in San Diego, will discuss the history of the island nation and his youth in Port-au-Prince. He played two seasons in Greece before returning to the United States for eight seasons of indoor soccer and was a member of the U.S. national team in 1984 and 1985.

Ann Mazzocca, a UCR MFA candidate, will lead a dance demonstration and Cynthia Navis, a fourth-year undergraduate, will discuss the week she spent in Haiti assisting with relief efforts.

UCR students are committed to helping in the relief efforts for Haiti in every way imaginable, said Oronne Wami, REACH/community service assistant. The Campus Health Center and Student Health Care advocates collected more than 200 bags of clothing. Other student organizations are collecting clothing and selling wristbands to benefit the relief efforts, and many students texted donations to the Red Cross and Yele Haiti.

“We have numerous Haitian-American students whose families have been affected by the quake, and what impacts one Highlander, impacts us all,” Wami said. “We are using this program as an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and the community as a whole to know that there is a rich culture and history of Haiti that goes beyond the disaster that occurred in January.”

For more information about UCR’s efforts to aid in quake relief efforts go to



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