One Dollar at a Time


This weekend the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will showcase their talent to a Utica crowd a Murnane Field.  But for one seven-year-old boy, their talents both on an off the field have been an inspiration.

You may remember Owen Jassak–the seven-year-old boy that’s already giving back.

“I wanted to raise money for veterans.”

That was back in April when he had raised $800.  Today that amount has more than doubled.

“I’ve almost raised $1,800 and I pay it forward one dollar at a time.”

But what inspires someone so young to want to pay it forward?  His best friend Greg Reynolds.

“When I first met him he was a shy very young boy.  He seemed interested in like talking and hanging out and once we started to talk there was a connection made,” Reynolds says.

Greg is a part of the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team.  He met Owen when he played in Utica  two years ago.  This is the first time they’ve seen each other since then but they never lost touch.

“Greg is a wonderful veteran, friend.  He’s so wonderful with Owen.  He’s watched him grow up for the last four years,” says Cheryl Jassak, mother.

They’re an unlikely pair–but certainly an extraordinary dynamic duo.

“At Owen’s very young age he’s already done more i would say than most people his age or ever older.  It’s just incredible to see such a young boy with such a big heart,” Reynolds says.

Owen will be supporting the team on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. at Murnane field.  The softball team will first take on the fire department and then law enforcement.

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