You may have heard about U.S. U-17 and U-20 WNT goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin and the work she has done to help the Haitian U-17 Women’s National Team, work inspired by the USA’s meeting with Haiti during World Cup qualifying earlier this year. You may also have seen the story of the Haitian team on ESPN’s E:60. It was a story without a happy ending. But that might just have changed. Through the work of Bryane, her parents, her non-profit foundation, the Disney Co. and many, many others who volunteered or gave financial support, Heaberlin organized a trip for the Haitian team to the Disney World to play in a tournament. ESPN E:60 re-visited the team and the piece airs on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Get a preview here.
World Cup Dream. A small country's worst nightmare. On January 12, at 4:53 pm local time in Haiti, the earth began shaking. The stadium cracked. The Haitian Under-17 women’s national soccer team hit the ground and prayed. Around them, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake leveled.
ESPN’s E:60 Revisits Heartbreaking Story of Haitian Soccer Team
ESPN's award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will revisit the heartbreaking story of the Haitian Women’s U17 soccer team and tell how the compassion of a teenager from St. Petersburg, Fla., brought the team to America.
E:60 followed the Haitian U17 women's national team to Costa Rica in March as they attempted to qualify for the Under-17 FIFA Women's World Cup. In their opening match, the Haitian team lost to the United States 9-0. Goalkeeper Alexandra Coby dropped to her knees in front of the goal and began to cry. US goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin of St. Petersburg, Fla., walked the length of the field to embraced Coby -- and the rest of her US teammates followed.
Moved by that moment, the 16-year-old Heaberlin made a commitment to help the Haitian U-17 team. With the support of family and friends, Heaberlin started a foundation, "Many Hearts One Goal." The goal? Bring the entire Haitian U-17 National team to the United States…to Disney World... in July to participate in a soccer tournament. E:60's Lisa Salters on an unforgettable story of compassion…and how one touching moment touched a nation.