Watch: ESPN Airs ‘El Paso Strong’ Special Featuring EP Fusion Soccer Team
A year later, the city of El Paso continues to mourn and recover from the August 3rd Walmart mass shooting that took 23 lives. Among those healing are the members of the EP Fusion girls soccer team.
The team expected a big day of fundraising on Aug. 3, 2019, but what transpired was far from it. EP Fusion lost a coach months later in Guillermo "Memo" Garcia as a result of injuries he suffered in the attack. Head coach Luis Calvillo battled through injuries months after. while his father, Jorge Calvillo Garcia, was a victim of the shooting.
From continuing on the soccer field to traveling in their first-ever out of town tournament, the resiliency that the girls from EP Fusion have displayed is truly remarkable. ESPN followed the club through the past year and aired a special segment to recognize the team and honor the coaches for protecting the team during the shooting.
It's a tear-jerker of a video and shines a light on how the team and entire city is continuing to recuperate from the massacre. As the report suggests, EP Fusion has hit the practice field but the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in their soccer activities. In April, Garcia died after being in the hospital since the shooting. Despite the setbacks and adversity, the EP Fusion is a perfect example of being #ElPasoStrong. This team will be in El Paso's thoughts on Aug. 3, along with the 23 victims and their families.