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Good man, to the Max

Swung by IPFW soccer practice the other day at Hefner and talked with a junior-to-be named Max Touloute.

Considering that he went to Concordia and was a successful player there, his name shouldn't be new to those who follow soccer.

But I went over to Hefner and talked with him about the Mastodons playing in the National Soccer Festival that will be in town next weekend.

I got more than I bargained for.

Touloute is a magnicent representative of not only IPFW, but also Fort Wayne.

The 20-year-old is a native a Haiti, and we talked extensively about his concerns when an earthquate devastated his country back in January.

He told me how, by selling T-shirts, he raised over $2,000 to send to the relief effort, and that the money was used to buy medicine and help rebuild homes.

The currency ratio, Touloute said, is for every one United States dollar, it's about $8 in Haiti - or about a $16,000 donation.

His story will be told a day or two before the festival begins next weekend. Hope you look for it - not just on my behalf, but to appreciate Max.