NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Project Phoenix, a NY-based non-profit organization founded to build innovative sport stadiums in the most impoverished places, is pleased to announce the formation of its Advisory Board. Lending their vision, expertise and energies to this pioneering project are NBC Sports’ Bob Costas; former United States House of Representatives Majority Leader, the Honorable Dick Gephardt; and former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Dennis Hastert.
“Project Phoenix is honored have partnered with such a world-class Advisory Board”
Project Phoenix was launched at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative with a commitment made by Morad Fareed, an entrepreneur and former athlete, and Robert “Boby” Duval, a Haitian sports icon and humanitarian. Project Phoenix’s mission is to support local partners and youth programs by developing stadiums and self-sustaining environments which will house educational programs, sports training and dormitories for local children.
The inaugural project, Phoenix Stadium, will be a 12,000 seat world-class athletic facility and community center in Haiti’s Cite de Soleil, an area designated as a United Nations Red Zone and among the island nation's most impoverished towns desperately in need of economic growth. The complex will serve as an athletic, communal and economic vehicle of transformation, a vision that was developed through Mr. Duval’s decades of progressive work in Cite de Soleil through his Fondation L’Athletique D’Haiti (FLADH).
"Project Phoenix is honored have partnered with such a world-class Advisory Board,” says Morad Fareed, president of Project Phoenix. “As distinguished leaders in public and sporting life, their collective experiences will be vital to the transformation we are committed to making through building sport infrastructure."
ABOUT THE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Bob Costas is an Emmy Award winning sportscaster for NBC Sports. He is the host of NBC’s “Football Night in America”, primetime host of NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games and co-host of NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Mr. Costas, who joined NBC in 1980, has the longest tenure of any of the network’s sports announcers and has been honored as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association eight times.
Honorable Richard “Dick” Gephardt served for 28 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Missouri's 3rd District and was House Democratic Leader for fourteen years – as House Majority Leader from 1989-1995 and Minority Leader from 1995-2003. Currently, Mr. Gephardt is President and CEO of Gephardt Group Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, as a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and as an Advisory Board member to the International Conservation Caucus Foundation.
Honorable Dennis Hastert served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007 and is the longest-serving Republican Speaker in history. Prior to his tenure as Speaker of the House, Mr. Hastert served as Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice and Chief Deputy Majority Whip in the 104th Congress. He was also the point person on health care reform, chairing the Speaker's Steering Committee on Health and the Resource Group on Health. He represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District for 20 years before resigning his seat in 2007.
ABOUT PROJECT PHOENIX
Project Phoenix is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished youth globally through athletic programs and building sports facilities. Project Phoenix supports local partners and youth programs by developing stadiums and self-sustaining environments, which will house their educational programs, sports trainings and dormitories for children. Project Phoenix’ goal is to level the playing field by providing impoverished children worldwide the opportunity to play sports, imagine a better life and compete in the global arena. These endeavors will simultaneously impact the larger communities through job creation and a sense of local and national pride.
ABOUT FONDATION L’ATHLETIQUE D’HAITI
Founded in 1995, Fondation L’Athletique D’Haiti (FLADH) is a youth development program that provides underprivileged youth with a safe, clean and supportive environment where they can learn first-hand how the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork can enhance skills, enrich lives and change futures.
The program has grown to provide sports training, nutrition, medical and educational assistance to more than 1,500 participants every day. The short-term goal is to continue to expand the program to double its current capacity, with a long-term goal to use physical education and sports to help participants lead positive healthy lives and be productive citizens. More information on FLADH is available at www.lathletiquedhaiti.org.