"Kerrissa Heffernan summed up the scope of the Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society with the story of a simple trade. Ask a former child soldier to trade his gun for a soccer ball, she said, and 'the kid would say okay … It's powerful stuff.'
Heffernan, director of the fellowship and faculty engagement for the Swearer Center for Public Service, was referring to a research project on former child combatants. The study was conducted by former fellow volleyball player Brianna Williamson '11"
So I guess the 400 soccer balls we have sent to Haiti are a very good thing :) (not that there was ever any doubt!)
H/T to GoalsHaiti! A great group working in Leogane.