Haitian Federation honored Jacques Joachim
PORT OF PRINCE, Haiti, February 4, 2021 - The
Federation Haitienne de Volleyball, paid tribute to Jacques
Joachim and honored his life-long dedication to the game of
volleyball which started with his first reintroducing it to
Haiti in the mid-1960’s and then, serving as the president of
the NF for close to three decades.
In a festive atmosphere, where three generations
of volleyball players had an opportunity to meet again and enjoy
each other, 12 speakers took turn in testifying how Jacques, the
serene and soft-spoken father figure, had played a major role in
their athlete and personal life and each was immensely grateful
to him for his guidance and for the pure moments of joy he
brought them throughout his tenure.
Seven former players, living outside of Haiti,
also sent in their statements and testimonies. And to top it
all, NORCECA’s president, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, in a heartfelt
statement, retraced Jacque’s history with NORCECA, as one of its
founding members and the imprint he left on the regional
organization of which he is today an Honorary Vice President.
Jacques was overwhelmed by the affection and love
outpouring from all those present and when testimonies were
over, a nice brunch was served to the sound of live music. A
tribute to a great man which was to last three hours eventually
Thank you, Jacques, for all you’ve given us, for
the nice memories, for your life of dedication to volleyball.