Help Support the Manzo Chavez Family

Jonathan's father is the sole provider to his family and they cannot afford health insurance, so any support you can provide is very much appreciated.

Financial Support & Donations can be made electronically via a special PayPal Account set-up for the Chavez Family, or checks can be sent in the name of "Jonathan Manzo Chavez Memorial Trust" (Acct # 376000010) to the
United Labor Bank at 2550 N. First Street, Suite 102, San Jose, CA 95131, and can also be mailed to the Santa Clara Sporting office at 282 Brokaw Road, Santa Clara Ca 95050.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

SCYSL Raffle for Pretty Boy

Santa Clara Youth Soccer League launched a Fundraiser Raffle to raise money for Jonathan's Family. There are a bunch of really cool prizes to win. Check out details.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Your family continues to remain in our thoughts and prayers

Dear Manzo Chavez Family -

You and Jonathan have remained in our family's thoughts and prayers
throughout the holiday season. We look forward to visiting the memory
tree at Christmas in the Park this weekend.

Your Sporting family continues to be here for you into the New Year.
May God bless you all and may He continue to keep watch over Jonathan.

Ed, Rosemary & Dominic (#14) Barnes

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Merry Christmas & God Bless !
I know these holidays are a tough time for your family, but please know that you are in our daily prayers and we think about you all often. Jonathan is still very much missed !!! His smile and spirit will always be remembered and it has taught us to cherish every moment with our own children and others.
The Cabral Family
RJ # 17
U10 Sporting Teammate

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Texas Hold'em Tournament Dec 14th

Bav Thakrar from Los Gatos United Soccer League and Scott Smith from the Central Valley Youth Soccer League are hosting the Jonathan Manzo Chaves Texas Hold’em Poker Fundraiser Tournament at 7:15pm on Sunday, December 14th at CB Hannegan’s in Los Gatos. Tickets are $50 at the door and proceeds go to support Jonathan’s Family. The $50 Buy-in includes: Professional Dealers, Appetizers, Chips and Cards, and Trophies and Prizes for the first four finishers!

CB Hannegan’s is located at 208 Bachman Avenue in Los Gatos. If you have any questions about this event, you can download this flyer, or contact Coach Bav Thakrar at 408-513-5968 or

You can download a flyer at the Santa Clara Youth Soccer webpage

SCYSL and Santa Clara Sporting would like to extend our gratitude for this generous and kind support!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sunnyvale Alliance Devils '98 U10G Honors Jonathan

The SASC Devils '98 U10G soccer club wishes to extend it deepest sympathies to the Chavez family and the entire Santa Clara Sporting Club.  In honor of Jonathan, the Devils wore green and white striped hair ribbons during the entire Division 2 Cup this pass weekend.  The girls were all saddened by the news of his passing, but celebrate his life by wearing his beloved green and white in his memory. 


Respectfully Yours,

The Devils '98 Family

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ayden Burnett Scores for Jonathan

My name is Melissa Burnett, and I would love to share a story with you about my son Ayden Burnett. He is just 8 years old. As his mother, I am overwhelmed by his compassion, and humbled by his selfless kindness, and unprovoked commitment to a boy he will never meet. I am so proud of him, and truly am touched by how genuine and sincere his actions were. I hope this story brings a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart, as it has to mine.

My son Ayden plays for Eldorado United for the U9 boys team. We were also in the Norcal State Cup Tournament. And though Jonathan and Ayden were not on the same team and had never met, you will see that there was soon to be a bond between the two of them, that will never be forgotten.

On Sunday, November 16, news of the tragic accident spread fast across the soccer fields as every team that participated in the tournament took a moment of silence on Jonathan's behalf before each game.

It made for a long week following that Sunday, as my son Ayden had many questions about the tragedy, that had so quickly taken a fellow soccer players life.

On November 22, we returned to Manteca, to participate in the semi-final of the Norcal-State Cup. The death of Jonathan weighed heavy on our hearts, and out of respect for Jonathan and his family, the boys took a moment of silence again before the game. Ayden's team also wore green tape around the tops of their socks and shin guards to honor Jonathan. Ayden's team won their semi-final match, and we prepared to return the next day for the FINAL.

On November 23, my husband took my son and two of my other boys to Ayden's final game in Manteca. I drove separately later, so was unaware of what my son was doing while he was getting prepared for the big game. To shorten the story, just a little, I will tell you that Ayden scored a goal with his right foot, leaving the final score 1-0 CREW. We had won State Cup Premier . But even bigger than that goal, or that trophy was what I saw on our ride home together.

Shortly after we left the Manteca soccer fields that day, I noticed green tape around Ayden's right foot. When I asked him if the team had worn tape to honor Jonathan again, he said no, just me mom. "I saved Jonathan's tape and put it on my soccer ball last night, and today when I was getting ready, I put it back on. I made that goal for Jonathan mom." I couldn't believe it. I was and still am amazed by him. No one told him to put the tape on. No one told him to keep it. Most boys his age would just take it off and throw it in the garbage. Most boys his age would only wear the tape because an adult told them it was the thing to do. Ayden didn't know the effect the tape would have. He didn't wear it to impress anyone or to get a reaction. He truly and selflessly wore it for Jonathan. He new before he walked on that field that this day, his day, was dedicated to Jonathan Manzo-Chavez.

Here is a video of Ayden's goal. He is number 11. If you watch closely you will see that Ayden touches the ball with his left, but scores with his right.(The ball never touches the ground). The scoring leg had Jonathan's green tape on it.

I recently noticed that the green tape resides on the back of my son's bedroom door. For Ayden, that tape represents more than we may ever know. As for me, well, I am just very proud of him.

I am hoping that this story will reach Jonathan's mother.I want her to know that even though we never personally met Jonathan, he will forever hold a memory in our hearts, and in my son Ayden's.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this story. I have attached a few photos of Ayden celebrating his goal for Jonathan, (where the green tape on his right leg, and the joy in his face is very visible).

Melissa Burnett

Wednesday, December 3, 2008




Christmas in the Park "Jonathan Manzo"

Our Tree this year is dedicated to Jonathan

The Boys & Girls Club

Monday, December 1, 2008


As the head coach of the U13 girls Panthers soccer team, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to your family. My family and the families of each team member was  saddened to hear the news of Jonathan's tragic accident. I immediately emailed my team and asked for their support and contribution. I spoke with my girls about the accident and we proudly wore a #8 wrist band in honor of a true hero " Jonathan Chavez". The girls wore the bands all through the district cup tournament and dedicated each game in his honor. Through the stories of Jonathan, we have felt his true dedication, love and honor to the sport. He has truly touched the hearts of this team and we will forever keep Jonathan close to our hearts. This young boy has changed the lives of many forever. In honor of your family and  honor of your precious son we would like to make a donation.  
God Bless,
Fred Valdez, and the entire Panther family

Saturday, November 29, 2008

MVLA Pythons U10 - Remembering Jonathan @ Manteca

The MVLA Python teams played with green hair in Manteca last weekend in remembrance of Jonathan, and in recognition of his fun-loving spirit. It is such a tragic loss for his family, and the soccer community is also grieving the loss of one of their bright stars.  We really feel for the family in this tragedy that could have happened to any of us who drove home to the south bay that weekend, so I think we all hugged our kids a little tighter and perhaps focused a little less on win or lose, and a little more on the joy of watching our kids play soccer.  

Per goal donations from last weekend's games have been sent along to SC Sporting, as well as individual donations from families via the website.  Jonathan and the Manzo-Chavez family will be in our thoughts this holiday season.

MVLA Pythons '98.

Friday, November 28, 2008

SCYSL Raffle & Strikers Den Indoor Soccer Event, Dec 20th

Santa Clara Youth Soccer League is holding a Fund-raising Raffle to Support Jonathan’s Family. We have some incredibly cool prizes including some unique soccer prize packs, elite soccer training sessions for teams, autographed soccer gear, and some fun restaurant and hotel prizes. There is something for everyone, and all the proceeds from your ticket donations will go to support the Manzo-Chavez Family. The Raffle runs ends on Saturday, December 20th at 6pm, when we draw winners at our Kick-It for Pretty Boy Soccer Celebration held at The Strikers Den from 4pm-6pm at the Silver Creek Sports Complex in San Jose.

How to Buy Raffle Tickets:
1) Buy Online at (starts Dec 1st)
2) Download the order form at and mail-in a check to the Santa Clara Sporting Office at 282 Brokaw Road, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Orders must be received by Wednesday, December 17th at 5pm.
3) Buy tickets at the Srikers Den from 4pm-6pm on December 20th

Kick-It for Pretty Boy Indoor Soccer Party

SCYSL is hosting an event on Saturday, December 20th at the Strikers Den at the Silver Creek Sports Complex from 4pm-6pm. All U10 boys and girls soccer teams are invited to join us and play some indoor soccer as loud as you can for Jonathan. All four indoor soccer fields will be open for play; two fields will be reserved for any U10 Boys or Girls Team that wants to play in a 20 minute match, and two fields will be open for all participants to jump-in and play in a fun pick-up soccer game. If you want to bring your team and play on the reserved field, please contact Gabe Foo at in advance to reserve your spot. We will do our best to match teams of equal skill and experience. Jonathan’s Santa Clara Sporting ’98 Team will also play in a special match.

MACSA Futsal Tournament Dec 12-14th

The MACSA Indoor Futsal Soccer League is hosting a tournament and fund-raising event to help raise money for Jonathan Manzo Chavez’s Family. If you are interested in participating with your team, please contact Mario Gonzalez at MACSA at macsafutsal@hotmail.aom or by calling him at 408-929-1080 x 340, or visit their website.

This is a planned fun social event open to all age groups. Team entry fee cost is $150 and all participants will receive a participation award.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Deepest Sympathies From The U9 Girls Mustang Miracles

As the team manager of the U9 Girls Mustang Miracles, I wanted to convey the enormous sense of devastation we all feel for Jonathan and his family and friends.  The moment I heard the tragic news, I immediately emailed my team.  I asked for donations on behalf of our was the very least we could all do...and there was no hesitation whatsoever.  Our entire team wore commemorative stickers on their jerseys during their next game in honor of this amazing boy who so loved the game of soccer. To score a goal as a defender, and to have his family see it is an incredible, yet bittersweet image that we will all carry with us for the rest of our lives.  The pictures of Jonathan, and the description of him desperately clinging to his jersey is beyond heartbreaking.  Please know that we are all parents, as sons, as daughters, and as a community.  Jonathan will always be in our hearts and in our prayers.  I cannot begin to fathom the immense sense of loss and grief that his friends and family are experiencing right now.  Please know that the U9 Girls Mustang Miracles and their families all send their deepest love and sympathy at this extremely difficult time.  Jonathan will always be missed and will NEVER be forgotten.

Jennifer Foster
Team Manager
GU9 Mustang Miracles 

In Memory of Jonathan

I was so saddend to hear of your loss,   It really hits home when it's part of our soccer community and it could have been any of us on the road that day.  Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
Chris Kinsey
DeAnza Freedom 94 Girls