Jozy Altidore Donating to Ensure Copa America Matches can be shown in Haiti
Altidore’s foundation is teaming up with the St. Luke Foundation
Although Altidore may unfortunately not be involved with Copa America Centenario as a result of a hamstring injury, the forward will be making sure that television coverage of Haiti’s matches, the USA’s matches, the tournament’s semi-finals and the finals will be screened on the island.
Altidore’s foundation is funding a project that sees the St. Luke Foundation hosting watch parties at a number of locations. The parties will feature projectors and large screens that had previously been transported from Miami to the venues. Food, beverages and small football games will also be included at said locations. Furthermore, New York-based film company Matte Projects, which will later screen the events for a documentary, will record footage of the parties.
Altidore’s parents hail from Haiti, and the player explained why it is important to him that the island is able to participate in the excitement of the matches. “When Haiti qualified I just thought it’d be a cool thing, because they haven’t qualified for a major tournament since the World Cup (in 1974),” he said. “I thought this would be something cool knowing how much Haitian people love their national team…to have thousands of people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see the matches broadcast the group games and see them perform.”
He continued: “There’s a lot of people in Haiti that aren’t going to be able to watch the games, a lot of areas where they can’t physically see the game. To watch their heroes in action…it will give their players a boost as well.”