Written by Gabriel Dillard
The Fresno Foxes soccer team, champion boxer Jose Ramirez and Dave & Buster’s are raising money for the family of a local soccer player who suffered a brain aneurysm.
An online auction for a package of sports memorabilia is being put up by the soccer team and by Ramirez, according to a press release from the Foxes, to benefit Moises Martinez.
A pair of autographed boxing gloves from Ramirez, a 16-by-20 signed photograph from Ramirez’ World Boxing Council September title fight, and a signed official fight shirt from his bout at Madison Square Garden will be sold as a bundle. It also includes a meet-and-greet with the Foxes and Ramirez hosted by Dave-and-Busters on Nov. 1.
“I can only imagine what the Martinez family is going through. It is during times like this that athletes should come together to help one of their own,” Jose Ramirez said. “My prayers are with his family daily.”
Bids can be made by calling the Fresno FC office at 559-320-2525 or by emailing Ramirez’ promoter, Rick Mirigian, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dave & Buster’s offered to host the meet-and-greet free of charge, according to Angel Moreno, media relations for the Fresno Football Club.
Martinez, a 24-year-old Selma native, played two seasons for the Fresno Fuego amateur soccer team and was a member of the Foxes’ training roster.
On Oct. 16, he suffered a brain aneurysm while working on a car with his father. He was sent to Community Regional Medical Center and later transported by helicopter to University of California, San Francisco where is currently on life support, according to the press release.
“It is a tragic time for the local soccer community as we continue to pray for Moises and his family,” said Fresno FC general manager Frank Yallop. “Moises is an excellent example of how the beautiful game can impact a person to better themselves and their community through his career at Selma High, West Hills College, and later with Fresno Fuego and Fresno FC.”
A GoFundMe account set up by Martinez’ childhood friend has already raised more than $15,000 and donations are still being collected.