Friends, family gathering for some soccer Sunday to honor Ubaldo Trujillo
If You Go
What: Ubaldo Trujillo Celebration of Life
When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: WECMRD Field House at Edwards
Cost: Free, suggested $5 donation, or anything you can afford
Information: It’s a benefit and every dime goes to Trujillo’s family.
EDWARDS — If you’re going to celebrate Ubaldo Trujillo, then you’re going to spend some time at the soccer field.
And that’s why Sunday’s celebration of Trujillo’s life will be at the indoor soccer field and sport court in the WECMRD Field House in Edwards.
“We wanted to do something for his family and to celebrate what a great young man that he was. We could find no better way to celebrate Ubaldo than by playing some soccer,” said Timothy Michael Staten, WECMRD’s Edwards area recreation manager.
In late April, Trujillo died in his sleep of natural causes. He graduated Battle Mountain High School in 2010.
“Ubaldo has many close friends and relatives who attend BMHS, especially among the soccer community,” said Philip Qualman, Battle Mountain principal.
Trujillo is remembered by friends and family as not only a terrific soccer player, but an even better young man.
Kind Heart, Killer Instinct
A kind heart surrounded his killer instinct on the field.
Mike Schneider coached Trujillo on the Freedom FC semi pro team, and went to his dictionary.
“I looked up the name Ubaldo; it is a two element name. The first part meaning heart, mind and spirit, the second part meaning bold and brave,” Schneider said. “He had all of these qualities, in addition to being a total class act, on and off the field. I had the pleasure of knowing him five or six years. He played on all our co-ed teams as well as the Freedom FC semi pro team.”
Trujillo is one of two players in Freedom FC history to receive an All Professional Arena Soccer League Citation.
Sunday’s soccer day is free in Trujillo’s honor, Staten said. The indoor turf and the sport court will be open for open soccer all day.
“Bring your cross trainers and cleats. There is no charge, but we are asking folks to make a small donation they can afford,” Staten said.
All the donations will go directly to Trujillo’s family.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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