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Chesapeake Academy Students Visit with Haitian Amputee Soccer Team

Earthquake survivors teach a lesson about courage and perseverance.

recently attended a special clinic and game at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, with a soccer team from Haiti that included some amputees.

The team was created by earthquake survivor Wilfrid Macena after he received treatment and a prosthetic limb following the earthquake in Haiti two years ago, according to a release from Chesapeake Academy.

“This is an especially unique opportunity for some of our older students to gain a different perspective of a worldwide tragedy and of the people of Haiti,” says Jay Scheurle, head of school for Chesapeake Academy, in a release. “Our students witnessed a truly humbling event by watching the amputees play soccer, and learned a life lesson as well—how to overcome the challenge of not only losing a limb but how to turn that tragedy into something positive and a learning experience for others.”

The opportunity was made possible for students by Chesapeake Academy parent Mark McVicker, who works with Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics in Silver Spring, MD.

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