Jacob and Aaron – A Mutually Beneficial Friendship

By Brian Jerzak

Athletics can do amazing things. Among others, as an adult, they give people like me who are WAY past their athletic prime a way to stay involved, they entertain, and for kids, give them something in which to strive. For some kids, athletics can do more than that. Sometimes athletics gives kids a chance to succeed when he otherwise would have not. Sometimes sports can form unlikely friendships that change both parties for the better.

Jacob Gentile was born Valentine’s Day 2002. He was premature and born six weeks early. He weighed three pounds twelve ounces.

“He was placed on oxygen for a week,” said Annette Gentile, Jacob’s mother. “He is legally blind in his left eye.”

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