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A 14-year-old youth football player in Nevada collapsed during a game Monday and was later pronounced dead at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that Issaiah Abrego died but said she could not release any additional details. A cause of death has not been determined.
The LV Sportz Foundation, a youth sports advocacy organization that aims to increase awareness and prevention of sports-related safety issues in the region, said Abrego collapsed on the field “just as he turned to make his way to the end zone for halftime snacks & pep talk.” Abrego was a member of the Las Vegas Green Machine.
The organization said Abrego never regained consciousness after he collapsed and respiratory efforts on the field and in the ambulance failed as he was transported to the hospital.
The National Youth Sports Nevada Tackle Football organization posted a statement on Facebook:
Our hearts are heavy today as we pass along the news of one of our most loyal football players, Issaiah Abrego, passed away last night at the age of 14. Issaiah was a longtime member of our Green Machine football family, which has been one of the strongest programs in our history, not just in competition, but also in character, work ethic, and passion for the game. Issaiah Abrego exemplified all of these traits and more and was loved by not only his teammates and coaches, but by many of the teams throughout our league, as evidenced by the outpouring of support from across the football community. Issaiah was consistently voted as an All-NYS player due to his performance on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. He played in local leagues but also competed nationally in tournaments, including being a member of the Football University All-Stars representing Nevada who traveled from California to Florida to compete with teams from across the country.
All of the staff at NYS Nevada gives their hearts, thoughts, and prayers to Issaiah, his family, Green Machine Football, and the youth football community as a whole.
Brian Bartolome, the executive director and founder of the LV Sportz Foundation, said that Abrego took part in the the organization’s free sports physicals and heart screening event in November. “His family history and echo at the time showed nothing of concern,” Bartolome wrote.
He also assured the organization’s supporters that “we are interested in learning the cause of this tragedy and will work (tirelessly) to combat whatever is the culprit. Unfortunately there are things that are impossible to find or prepare for.”
He was always very kind and loving, even after laying you out on the football field with a solid clean hit… Issaiah always did well in school and excelled in Band. He was always surrounded by his incredible family and friends. Issaiah passed away while playing the game he loved so much.