Small football players step up to support fallen player Charles Youvella

PHOENIX - Every Saturday, you can find hundreds of future NFL stars tearing up the field in the name of flag football for Prime Time Athletics.

These kids are doing what they love, which is not unlike another Arizona boy – Charles Youvella.

It was November 9 when Charles Youvella suffered a severe brain injury during a football game against Arizona Lutheran. He died two days later from his injuries .

"I don't know the family, but I can only imagine, having two sons of my own, the grief that they must be going through," said parent and flag football coach David Bagchi.

When Prime Time Athletics Founder Chad Robinson found out about the tragedy, he knew he had to do something.

"It's just a sad situation," said Robinson. "It just broke our hearts."

Today, many parents wore a number 22 – Charles's jersey number - on their shirts and jackets. Others gave money to the Youvella family by entering a raffle to win prizes.

"Larry Fitzgerald, we got an autographed football of his up there," said Robinson. "We've got Suns floor [seat] tickets.  

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Youvella family. It's a little money to help them during this difficult time, and a little token to let them know that their neighbors have their backs.

"Whether you know the Youvella family or not, they're still part of your community," said David Bagchi. "You have a responsibility to your community the same way when you're playing somebody on the football field. You have a responsibility to treat them with equal respect."

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