Here are photos of Mo’s trip to the Dominican Republic to celebrate the graduation of her Haitian friend, Robinson Moreta. Mo met Robinson during the first year of Mo’ Motion while on a volunteer vacation at a small camp off the beaten path in Munoz Village, Puerto Plata. Robinson helped Mo run a sports clinic and fun activities for boys and girls in the batey, a place nearby where refugees from Haiti live without running water, toilets and very little to no electricity. Robinson finished at the top of his high school class, but he nor his family had any money to put toward the application process for college. Robinson said he had his school and degree (civil engineering) all picked out, but no money to move forward. Mo gave him $200 to get his paperwork in, and she offered to help if he needed more money to pay for books and tuition.
Robinson did not reach out for more money. Mo and Robinson stayed in touch via the internet. Robinson invited Mo back to the DR to celebrate his graduation from the Universidad de Technologia de Santiago.
To see the photos of the December 2009 trip, click here.
To see Part II from the 2016 Trip – The Soccer & Sweat Album that includes photos of the sneaker give-away and soccer game in the mud!
See below for Part I of II – The Graduation and Party, which was sponsored by Mo’ Motion parents and friends. There are several photos in each gallery so be sure to click through!
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Director & Founder of Mo' Motion
Maureen Holohan is a former college and pro player, published author, teacher and journalist. Maureen started Mo’ Motion in Manhattan in 2009 with one team of boys. Today Mo’ Motion serves 650 players per year with its offices in Harlem, NY.Read More