The Cielo Sports team responded to the Coronavirus pandemic by establishing the "Help the Heroes" initiative. It was overwhelmingly supported by an amazing team of local San Diego athletes making sure the First Responders felt loved, appreciated and encouraged.

It all started with a phone call from MLB Catcher, Nick Hundley to Marcus Preciado, Cielo Sports Founder. Nick and Marcus came up with a plan to share God's love in a tangible and impactful way. After a couple of phone calls and a lot of favor from God, "Help the Heroes" was born. (See Photos)

With help from sponsors, churches, generous individuals and media, it promptly gained significant moment and spread to hospitals and medical centers throughout San Diego county.


Click here to read the full story, featured in RISEN Magazine or here to see KUSI coverage.

Athletes that participated in Help the Heroes:

  • Charlie Joiner (NFL HOF WR)

  • Corey Liuget (NFL DL)

  • Nick Novak (NFL Kicker)

  • Roberto Wallace (NFL WR)

  • Adrian Gonzalez (MLB All-Star)

  • Heath Bell (MLB All-Star)

  • Ruppert Jones (MLB All-Star)

  • Rick Takahashi (National Champion Surfer)

  • Lucas Johnson (SDSU QB)

  • Nick Dicairano - All American Kicker

  • Courtney Clements - WNBA

  • EJ Johnson - IFL (SD Strike Force)

Local Churches involved:

  • New Vintage Church - Pastor Tim Spivey

  • Emmanuel Faith CC - Pastor Ryan Paulson

  • Life Point Church - Pastor Tony Orlando

  • The Chapel at Grossmont - Pastor John Hilton

Local Sponsors included:

  • Pierre Accounting - Eric Pierre

  • Edward Jones - Jason Polk Financial Advisor

  • Keller Williams Realty - Robert J Colello & Associates

  • Granite Mortgage, Inc. - Paige and Sonia Sturgeon 

  • Chick-fil-A - Richard Preciado (Grossmont)

  • Martinez & Winter - Kenneth Winter

  • Zagara Management - Joe Zagara

  • X3Corp - Dave Cranford

  • Finesse - Steve James

  • 7 Cold Brew Coffee Co.

  • Limitless Outdoors 

  • Jersey Mike's

  • Pho Truc Xahn

  • Duhs Commercial

  • Wolfe Lumber

  • David Yamaguchi P.D.

  • The Yard Podcast

  • Vivi Lin


Help the Heroes Photos

Photos by Joe Ramirez & Rick Takahashi

Charlie Joiner, Ruppert Jones, Nick Novak, & Team
NFL HOF WR Charlie Joiner, Nick Novak & Marcus Preciado
Help the Heroes Sponsor Jason Polk and Family
Ruppert Jones Former MLB All-Star Serving the Heroes
Happy Heroes enjoying 7 Cold Brew Coffee
San Diego Union Tribune Coverage of Help the Heroes
Former NFL Kicker, Nick Novak Playing Hurt
Sponsor Jason Neese Serving with His Family
Former NFL WR, Roberto Wallace Prepping for the Day
Generous Sponsors Jersey Mike's Joins the Movement
Marcus and Rick Preciado Joining Forces to Serve
Rick Preciado, Nick Novak, Nick Hundley, & Heath Bell