Bobby Rios Fundraiser set for Saturday, May 11

Anyone who has played in the Pleasanton Adult Sunday Soccer (PASS) league understands the feeling of community, of family, that permeates through the league.

If someone in the league is suffering, then it’s as if a family member needs help.

For the last 15 years, Bobby Rios and his wife Cristina have been involved in PASS starting as players, with Bobby moving into a managerial role with the Miskicks.

“Bobby has been very active in the PASS adult soccer league, whether it has been through managing his team, finding new players, participating in tournaments and events to make our league successful,” said PASS director Angela Woodward. “He has done it all with a huge smile on his face, making everyone feel welcome and valued.”

Rios played through the first three games in the spring season that started in March. He was quickly losing weight and went to the doctor. At that point he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Of course, PASS and Woodward jumped into action  and this Saturday, May 11, there is a fundraiser for the Rios family.

The event will take place at Woodthrush Park in Pleasanton and will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Though the event officially starts at 11 a.m. for those interested, there will be some pickup soccer at the Sports Park from 9:30-11 a.m.

Parking by Woodthrush Park allows easy access to one of the back entrances to the Sports Park.


At 11 a.m. there will be a broadcast of an English Premier League game at Woodwards house – right by the park – in the front yard. The BBQ portion of the day begins at 12 noon, the American Garage Band taking the stage from 2-4:30 p.m.


From 3-3:30 is when the raffle takes place. There is a $20 contribution to offset expenses. Woodward also asks that everyone brings their own chairs.


For more information contact Woodward at

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Dennis Miller