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.

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