Make a Difference Today!

The H.E.R.O. Academy provides high quality academic and athletic opportunities for underprivileged youth in Haiti.  Our Scholar Athletes complete a rigorous academic program and train up to 4 hours per day in tennis, track and field, chess, and table tennis.  Our hard work has resulted in:

  • 100% school graduation/promotion rate

  • 4 Nationally Ranked Junior Tennis Players

  • 2 Junior National Chess Champions

  • 1 Junior Table Tennis National Champion


Please consider sponsoring one of our scholar athletes to help us achieve academic and athletic excellence for the youth of Haiti!

A Rigorous Academic Program
A Rigorous Academic Program

2013 Junior National Chess Champion
2013 Junior National Chess Champion



There is nothing quite like a visit to Haiti to help junior athletes develop their academic, athletic, and emotional talents.  During your time in Haiti you will teach English classes, play tennis and chess, share your talents, and develop lasting relationships.  For the experience of a lifetime join us here in Haiti as a H.E.R.O. Volunteer.

Sponsor a Child

For only $35.00 a month you can support a specific Scholar Athlete.  Your sponsorship will provide a quality education, three nutritious meals daily, and rigorous athletic training.  Your monthly support will ensure that H.E.R.O. can continue to provide the necessary support and care for the children we serve.  Together we can make a true difference in Haiti!

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News Flash!

The new H.E.R.O. 2016 Spring Newsletter is now available!  Click below to read all of the amazing news about H.E.R.O. and tennis in Haiti!

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The H.E.R.O. Story

H.E.R.O. was founded by Dr. Steven Kirby and Michele Deardorff in response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010.  After surviving the earthquake Steven and Michele provided first-aid for 10 days until being evacuated by Trinity Air Ambulance to the United States.  In the 5 years since H.E.R.O.'s incorporation we have served more than 500 children by providing academic and athletic opportunities for the most vulnerable children in Haiti.  H.E.R.O. has created the education/sports pipeline with the intention of using academics and athletics to secure scholarships to colleges and universities across the United States.  The foundation of our programs reflect our core values of character, education, and athletics.  At H.E.R.O. we hope that you will join us in our mission to achieve academic and athletic excellence for the youth of Haiti.