Tech Thursday is an occasional series that looks at how Haitians are faring in tech, a sector that offers more money, caché and potential to drive change to a new generation of Haitians and Haitian-Americans. This is the second installment.
Growing up in Cap-Haïtien in the 1970s, Pedro Herivaux noticed bare-footed children throughout his community kicking cans around, imitating superstars like Pelé they saw on television. Intrigued, he began playing as well and his fascination with the sport piqued a lifelong interest, career — and devotion.
“In Haiti, I came from the poorest of the poor and it was soccer that gave me an education and kept me out of trouble all my life,” said Herivaux, 53, a former professional soccer player with Gamba Osaka in Suita, Japan. “I was thinking [back] about how difficult it was as a kid playing soccer barefooted and I wanted to go back to help out.”
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