Osborne football and soccer coach Travis Hawkins makes a trip to Haiti every year around Christmas. He does this to provide Christmas gifts for impoverished children in villages and orphanages in and around Croix de Bouquet. This year he is partnering with NIKE to donate shoes for the kids, but he could also use more help to make this year’s trip even more beneficial for the kids.
Coach Hawkins graduated from North Cobb High School in 2011. He played for Shane Queen at North Cobb and played quarterback. He then moved on to play at Tuskegee University where he played wide receiver, as well as being on the track team. It was at Tuskegee that he realized a passion for teaching and coaching. After short stints in the NFL and CFL, Coach Hawkins took a job at Notasulga High School in Alabama as the offensive coordinator. In 2018, he was hired to be the wide receivers coach at Osborne.
He has taken numerous trips to help impoverished communities. Since 2015, he has gone to South Africa and Haiti three times, as well as a trip to Bolivia. In South Africa, he participated in the Early Childhood Development Program, which teaches how to help kids in impoverished areas by getting them consistent food and housing. He helped with food drop-offs to over 100 different families. In Bolivia, he went to different areas throughout La Paz, teaching English. His trips to Haiti began in 2017 with HOPE Worldwide. Although HOPE no longer travels to Haiti, Coach Hawkins’ passion for the kids led him to start taking his own trips there.
This is his third year going to Croix de Bouquet, Haiti. During his visits he goes to 3 different villages and 3 different orphanages. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and his goal is to provide as many Christmas gifts for the kids as possible in the different villages and orphanages. Recent riots and violence in Port-Au-Prince have made it difficult and unsafe for parents to work in order to provide gifts for their children and the orphanages rarely get any Christmas gifts at all.
NIKE will provide shoe donations for one of the villages, but he still needs gifts, toys, soccer jerseys, and soccer balls for kids aged 1-18. Coach Hawkins said, “I know this is a busy time of the year, but every little bit truly helps make a difference for these kids. Donations can be sent via cash app ($travishawkins14), Venmo (@travishawkins14), or by making a check out to Travis Hawkins.”
Travis leaves on Christmas Eve, so please have all gifts and donations submitted before December 23 to make sure he receives them in time.