Garcon Dedicated to Helping Victims of Haiti Earthquake
Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc., bestowed its highest honor on Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon this past weekend, presenting him the Warner Award for his work in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that took place earlier this year.
"It is a great feeling, a great award and I'm blessed to be honored with it," Garcon said. "I was amazed to even be thought of for it."
The Warner Award is presented to an individual who has achieved excellence in athletics, scholarship, and life's endeavors with integrity and humanity.
"The Warner Award is our most prestigious award that has been presented to NFL commissioners, President's of leagues and team owners," said Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner. "Never before has an active NFL player ever been considered for the Warner Award, but Pierre Garcon's commitment and dedication to help an entire country rebuild puts him in the class of recipients that have received this Award before him. He has tirelessly worked to provide for its people most in need of food after the tragic earthquake that left so many children orphaned."
Garcon was in Indianapolis on January 12 preparing for the Colts playoff game against Baltimore when he heard about the earthquake. In support of his parents' homeland, Garcon immediately established the Pierre Garcon Helping Hands Foundation, which is partnered with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission and whose goal is to provide education and food relief in Haiti. Garcon has made numerous trips to Haiti since the season, providing meals and helping rebuild a school in Port-au-Prince.
"We've helped rebuild schools and feed the kids. We helped build a baby orphanage in Northwest Haiti. Right now, we're building a computer lab and we're also building dorms in Port-au-Prince for people to come from America, or wherever, to stay in, so they can help as well," Garcon said.
Still, Garcon said, the work is not close to complete.
"We're trying to help all three regions of the country, not just one area. We're trying to help out as much as we can. There is still so much left to do."