Boy donates signed jersey to a raffle benefiting Hurricane Maria victims — and inspires soccer star who signed it

October 10, 2017 1:05 pm Last Updated: October 10, 2017 5:29 pm

If you ask a sports fan if they’d be willing to give up their most prized possession from their favorite team or athlete, they might look at you like you’re insane. But not Alex Ibarra.

The 7-year-old willingly donated his most prized soccer jersey to a raffle benefiting Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.

“I saw that it was in big trouble,” he told Men in Blazers. “A lot of people had no food and no water and no electricity. So I thought raising money would help.”

Alex announced his plans on Twitter.

The 7-year-old soccer player, who is also the Junior Capo for American Outlaws’ Oakland chapter, wanted to auction off his signed Christian Pulisic jersey. It was a jersey he had only recently gotten signed when he saw Pulisic play in the World Cup qualifier in San Jose.

Although the jersey meant a lot to Alex, helping those who needed help the most in Puerto Rico meant even more.

Once people got word of Alex’s donation they started purchasing a lot of tickets.

It only took a week for donations to top $1,000. A few days after Alex announced how much had been raised, he received some exciting news.

Pulisic heard about the boy’s donation and wanted to help.

“I think it’s really amazing what you’re doing.”

Pulisic recorded a message for Alex thanking him for his generous contribution and telling him that he’d send along another signed jersey and he would donate to the cause.

Once all the donations were counted, the Oakland chapter of the American Outlaws raised over $3,000 for the Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund.

At a viewing party of the match between the USMNT and Panama, which is also when the raffle took place, Alex got to watch Pulisic’s special video message.

He was adorably speechless!