On February 15, 2020, at the age of 23 years old, Chase Soares passed away tragically in an auto accident. Chase had many passions in his life; sneakers, music, traveling, and time spent with family and friends.
Basketball was and always had been Chase’s number one passion. He devoted countless hours to the sport, starting at a very young age. It was unusual to see Chase without a basketball in his hand. If he did not have a basketball in his hand, he had one in his backpack, or next to him in the back seat of the car, or at the very least, within direct proximity to get a shot off at first chance.
Chase was a very successful athlete. He received multiple awards and accolades for his contributions both off and on the court, as well being revered as an outstanding, humble individual, by his coaches and teammates. Described by his coach as a “vibrant young life and excitable young man.”
Chase had the ability to light up the room with his larger-than-life smile. Despite being recognized for his talent and ability on the court, his greatest attribute noted by all, was humility, kindness, and compassion toward others, off the court, always!
Chase did not have one best friend, he had one hundred best friends.
The impact he had on people and the number of lives he touched off and on the court was immeasurable. You were never a stranger if given the amazing opportunity to meet Chase.
Everyone who met him, loved him. Entrenched in immense kindness, he was always giving and sharing of himself and his resources, even to complete strangers. He always made others feel important.
Chase was proud the wear jersey #24 in honor of his role model and hero, Kobe Bryant, and would often mention his admiration for Kobe. Devastated by Kobe’s tragic and untimely death, two weeks prior to Chases, it would only seem fitting that Chase and Kobe were both memorialized and celebrated on the same day, February 24, 2020.
Chase had an innate spiritual sense and ability when he saw the #47. Whenever he would see this number, he would stop what he was doing, and would reflect on what he could do, to be a better person, and or to make things better for those around him.
Chase left the impact of a LIFETIME in 23 short years.
Chase leaves behind, his mother Brooke, father Norman, brother Brayden, grandparent’s Susan Lopes and Richard Lopes. Countless family members, and friends.
LLCS #47 (Long Live Chase Soares #47)