Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 15, 2011

Soccer teams plan fundraiser Sunday for injured teammate

Eric Cavalli Tournament to help pay medical costs for uninsured Foothill High graduate

by Jeb Bing

Boys and girls soccer teams in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville will play in a series of tournaments on their home fields next Sunday to raise funds for Eric Cavalli, a former teammate and Foothill High School graduate who was seriously injured in a snowboarding accident last February.

Cavalli, who played soccer for Foothill and the Ballistic United Soccer Club, is now a student at UC Davis.

He was injured after landing on his shoulder and neck, suffering injuries to his neck, collarbone, aorta, lungs, kidneys and liver. He had to undergo emergency heart surgery to repair the aorta and was in intensive care for several weeks following the surgery. At this time, he is unable to walk with his condition listed as "guarded."

The Tri-Valley teams agreed to host Sunday's Eric Cavalli Soccer tournament to raise funds for their teammate with 100% of the proceeds to go directly to his family. This tournament is not tied to any one club but backed by the clubs in the area.

The medical and rehabilitation costs have been immense and Cavalli had no medical insurance coverage at the time of the accident. Now recuperating at home, he may be in need of additional surgery on his neck.

At the tournament, players will be raising $150 each in the 7-10-year-old divisions, $225 for those 11-14; and $300 on the 15-19 age teams.

More information can be found on the Ballistic United Soccer Club web site at


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