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Just Keep Playing is a pickup style soccer tournament designed to honor the memory of Jonathan Kyle Patterson and his first love, soccer. Our goal is to bring people together for friendly competition with a focus on having fun, meeting new people, and celebrating everything that Jonathan loved about Austin’s soccer community. While doing this, we will also be raising funds for StreetSoccerUSA, a non profit organization whose mission is to create soccer clubs that drive social impact in the local community.

Unlike other soccer tournaments, players will register as individuals and be randomly assigned to a team based on years of experience and preferred position. Teams will compete in a minimum of 4 games in a 7v7 format with 2-20 minute halves with a 5 minute half time.

Prizes will be awarded to the top teams as well as individual prizes for players that bring the “Spirit of Jon” to the pitch. More information about the game rules and prizes coming soon!

The Spirit of Jon

On the field Jonathan was known for having a light hearted and positive attitude, always working to bring people together to play as a team. He recognized players strengths and weaknesses and helped individuals to gain confidence and improve their skills, while helping the team come together as a whole.

Jonathan was a coach, both on and off the field. Individuals who bring the “Spirit of Jon” to the pitch during the tournament will be recognized for doing just that! Teams will be made up of everyone from seasoned players to newbies looking for a safe place to learn more about soccer.

We ask that everyone embraces the ‘Spirit of Jon’ by keeping a positive attitude, encouraging and coaching their teammates, and making sure that everyone feels welcome and can share in what we know will be an amazing experience for all. This goes for players on the field and spectators on the sideline.

About Jonathan K. Patterson

Jonathan K. Patterson, known by his teammates as Jon, was born and raised in Georgetown, TX, just 30 minutes north of Austin. While he lived in Georgetown he played soccer in just about every indoor and outdoor league in and around Austin. He would play anywhere, anytime, with anyone!

For Jonathan, soccer was more than just a sport, it was his social outlet, his favorite form of exercise, and a great way to relieve stress. Through soccer he created a community of people, always welcoming new members into the fold, that could celebrate their wins and losses, on and off the field, together.

Not only did Jonathan eat, sleep, and breathe soccer, he also worked with the telecommunications team that ran data lines through Q2 stadium leaving his blood, sweat and tears in the stands where he’d later cheer on Austin’s very own MLS team, Austin FC. Win or lose, he cheered on what was the newest addition to our ever growing Austin soccer community.

On May 20, 2022, family and friends gathered together and took to the pitch for a soccer pick-up match to celebrate the life of Jonathan Kyle Patterson. Players filled 2 fields, while spectators gathered on the sideline for what would be our first ever soccer pick-up match to honor the teammate we lost. That match is what inspired us to organize the Just Keep Playing Memorial Tournament.

Jonathan passed away on May 12, 2022 shortly after being diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, an autoimmune disease that can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. While there is no cure for lupus, current treatments can improve quality of life by controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose, taking on average 6 years from the time a person first notices symptoms, as those symptoms can mimic other illnesses.

To learn more about Lupus and understand how it may affect you or those you love, please go to Lupus Foundation of America. Understanding autoimmune diseases and how they affect the body can help those affected reach a diagnosis and receive treatment earlier.

Hosted by ACSA

Not only did Jonathan play with a number of teams in Austin Coed Soccer Association (ACSA), but the organization's mission is something that aligns with everything he valued about the Austin soccer community.

ACSA is committed to providing a safe, organized and FUN environment where everyone feels welcome and celebrated, and a part of a great and growing soccer community. Their leadership team is working hard to be a part of making Austin a place where everyone can thrive. Having established partnerships with numerous non-profit organizations they work to raise awareness and support the organizations that are a vital part of our city’s health and growth.

We cannot be more proud to have their support for this amazing event.

Why support with Street Soccer USA:

When introduced to Street Soccer USA, we knew without a doubt the organization's mission aligned with the Spirit of Jon and is one that he would have been proud to be a part of. Their soccer-based life skills program teaches 8 progressive life and job readiness skills with age appropriate content that demonstrate perfectly how soccer influenced Jonathan on and off the field.

StreetSoccerUSA Soccer Skills (Show Up, Play with Heart, Look Up, Take the Space, Build Your Triangle, Praise Great Play, Play the Plan, Adjust the Plan) progress two skills at a time from fundamental, to individual, to team, to strategic lessons that translate the learnings of sports to real life. The goal of the curriculum is personal empowerment by teaching participants to be problem solvers in their individual lives and in their community.

We are excited to support Street Soccer USA as they become a part of our soccer community and grow their organization in Austin and surrounding areas.

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