Today at the 6th Annual Raul Huerta Memorial Golf Tournament, we celebrated the life of Raul Martinez Huerta and helped raise money for his 9 year old daughters college fund. Raul was a great man... he was a Husband, Father, Coach and friend. He lost his battle to cancer at a young age, I believe it was 31. He coached and mentored many youth in the City of Moreno Valley and probably had the biggest, most famous smile in town. I know it sounds played out... but this man would literally light up a room when he walked into it. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face...always. :)
Rual and I in his garage sometime in 2000-2001
Raul was a California Wrestling State Place Winner for Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley and a Junior College All-American at Palomar Community College in San Marcos. He graduated from Cal State University Fullerton and after graduation he subbed and coached at his Alma Mater Canyon Springs. We first met Raul back in the late 90's when he was a young teacher and coach. He coached my kids as youth wrestlers and they all grew to respect and love him. He ended up teaching at Moreno Valley High School where he became their Head Wrestling Coach. Shortly after he started his new job... he became ill. Raul is no longer with us, but all that knew him carry a piece of him with us everyday. He taught us how to Love, Laugh and Live.
The Man that was in Raul's corner all through high school... Coach Ray Rodi
Raul's good friend and Mentor... Scott Schumm. Scott was sportin' his Raul Huerta Memorial Classic Wrestling Tournament T-shirt. The man has his own Wrestling Tournament and Golf Tournament named in his honor... that says a lot, doesn't it...
Scott at dinner tonight waiting for the raffle... I guess you can be a little smug when you are a California State Champion. :)
After a big tournament somewhere back in 2002-2003 at Boompa's Pizza in Moreno Valley, CA. Dougie, Mark, Me and Raul.
Moreno Valley lost one of it's greatest son's 7 years ago... but the legend will live on for many, many years.
Mi Hermano, El Luchador!