Spread the Love: Meet Jose Antonio Saaverda

26 July 10:36 am

Spread the Love: Meet Jose Antonio Saaverda

By Alex Dubov

Jose Antonio Saavedra was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the June 15th match against FC Dallas. Gerardo Ochoa, contributing author of Path to Scholarship, college administrator, and local youth advocate nominated Jose.

Jose first met Gerardo after being selected as the Cesar Estrada Chavez Scholarship recipient. He says he was inspired by Gerardo’s work in the community and that he learned a lot from him.

“He taught me about the values of leadership, culture, language,” said Jose, “and most importantly about "Ganas," the desire and confidence to move forward.”

Jose says he was very thrilled to receive his Spread the Love welcome packet.

“I was very excited and honored for this wonderful gift,” said Jose. “There are no words to describe my excitement. I appreciated the fact that I was in Mr. Gerardo’s mind for this gift. It really means a lot.”

The June 15th match against FC Dallas was Jose’s first MLS league match. He says he was really looking forward to seeing the environment at JELD-WEN Field.

“My favorite part of the match was when the Timbers got a goal against FC Dallas. I was pretty happy!”

Jose was very grateful for the entire experience and is looking forward to spreading the love.

“I was very humble and honored to have received four tickets to see the game,” said Jose. “I hope one day I can give back to those who have assisted me see the world from a different perspective.”

To learn more about Spread The Love and nominate a deserving recipient, click here.