Soccer teams plan fundraiser Sunday for injured former teammate

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

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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Posted by Former BUSC Parent
a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

Is there somewhere we can make a donation for this event? We will not be in town on Sunday to watch the games and we know Eric personally and would love to contribute to the fundraiser.

Thanks to all the clubs for putting this together.

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Posted by Gary Thurner
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

Jeff, thanks for posting this.

Also, thank you "Former BUSC Parent" Please contact Kevin Crow, the BUSC Director of Coaching regarding a donation, I am sure Kevin can help direct you. You can find he contact info on the BUSC website,

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Posted by Debi
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

What a wonderful community we live in. I am proud of our kids for volunteering their time and efforts for such a great cause. Prayers go out to Eric and his family.

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Posted by Former BUSC Parent
a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

Thanks Gary will reach out to Kevin for more info.

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Posted by James
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I am not politicizing this tragic event, but I want to say this accident (which can happen to ANY of us or our kids is EXACTLY what health care reform is all about. the United States and South Africa are the only 2 industrialized nations in the world that do not have cradle to grave government sponsored health insurance. Due to a patch of ice on a mountain slope the Cavalli family now has ruinous health care bills they cannot afford to pay. They will be wiped out and their credit scores destroyed due to no fault of their own. We are a better nation than that.

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Posted by Gary Thurner
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

There is a SUNDAY NIGHT EVENT - Following the tournament:

6:00 PM Dublin HS

Meet Brent Jones of the 49er's
Meet Eric Cavalli

Raffle to win a football signed by Brent Jones and a basketball signed by Chris Mullen.

Watch a women's professional soccer match; Bay Area Breeze vs West Coast WildKatz

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