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Team holds benefit for fellow teen struck by car

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Cloudy skies and dreary weather kept many inside, but one group of student-athletes didn't let that stop them from visiting their fellow teammate in recovery after being struck by a car.

Joshua Earls, a running back with Texas Heat was a fighter on the field who teammates said would have done the same for any of them.

"He really uplifted the other teammates, anytime anyone was down he would pick them up...that was the great thing about Josh," said Texas Heat coach, Adrian Benavides.

“He's such a good kid, he shouldn't be taken away now, an accident happened and it's just unfair,” teammate Zachary Carlisle said.

After being struck by a car on a busy Corpus Christi street, Earls is now fighting a different fight. He slipped into a coma after the accident and remains hospitalized. His parents haven't left his side since, and close by, his teammates keep watch.

"I didn't really know what to do, because I was just with him two weekends ago, ya know," teammate Randy Cantu described.

On the field or off, Earl's fellow players continue to support someone who, to them, is family.

"The Heat organization is a family, so, anything that happens to these boys, whatever it may be...we are a family," explained coach Demetrius Monroe, who has coached Earls for nine years.

"We're raising money for the family, we are just trying to help them with their medical bills. It's a team sport and that's what we are doing today, we are being a team, being together, being one," Benavides said.

On Saturday, Dec. 30, instead of football practice, the team will hold a barbeque benefit for Earls at Gators Sports Bar (4610 SPID).

"His parents are going through a lot right now and financially, medically, I mean they have been by his side, they haven't left it, and we are gonna put this benefit on for them, for any expenses they need," Monroe added.

Earls' team beckoned the community, unwilling to say goodbye to their friend.

"He's a very good kid, we need y'all's help for him, he's our brother, we need y'all's help," Noe Garza, one of Earls' teammates, pleaded.

The benefit will be held from 10AM-4PM Saturday, December 30. For more info on the event and team, visit their Facebook page at this link.

A GoFundMe page has also been established at this link.

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