Jordan Robert Mann was born and raised in Prairie Village, KS and was a 2003 graduate of Shawnee Mission East where he played soccer and was named to first team All State, All Metro, All Sunflower, and All Johnson County. He was a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club, National Honor Roll, Principals Honor Roll and Kansas Honors Scholar. His senior year he was awarded the Art Newcomer Outstanding Student Athlete Award. He continued playing collegiate soccer at Furman University in Greenville, SC and Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, where he was selected to the Southern Conference Honor Roll and Conference USA Honor Roll. At SMU he was a major contributor to a nationally ranked soccer team, and in 2005 played in the collegiate Final Four tournament. He graduated from SMU in May, 2007 with a degree in Finance.
Jordan’s hidden talent resided in his artistic abilities in portraitures and random works that he painted, photographed or drew when inspired.
Jordan is remembered for his winning smile, his spirited and ornery sense of humor, his intuitive and innovative intelligence, and his entrepreneurial spirit. He also had an insatiable love for all animals.
Jordan passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 2007 of a congenital heart abnormality that was undetected as he had no symptoms. The family has chosen to honor his life by establishing the Jordan Robert Mann Foundation which funds heart health assessments for athletes at participating schools, hoping to prevent any family from experiencing a similar tragedy. Their long term goal is to change how the medical community assesses and evaluates heart health in all athletes.
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