On Thursday morning we lost an amazing young man in Jake Cassell. For those of you that didn’t know Jake, he was our mascot this past year, football team manager and played on the Bocce and Allied Softball teams. Jake was an amazing young man who always had the biggest of smiles on his face and in his heart. No matter how bad of a mood you were in, if you saw Jake and that smile, everything was better. There wasn’t a game or event this year that I couldn’t get Jake to go to in his bulldog costume, he even wore it to the county bocce playoffs and played in it, minus the head of course lol. I get choked up thinking about how excited he was to be part of our athletics department. He was so proud to be the bulldog and he loved supporting all of our teams and of course stealing a hug or two from athletes and fans. Jake also gave so much of himself to others outside of the school. He worked with his mother’s charity, Project Honduran Child, sending backpacks full of school supplies for children in Honduras. In fact he had just recently returned from a mission trip to with his church, he was always giving and trying to make others as happy as he was. It’s hard to put into words how big of a loss this is for all of us as Jake was one of the kindest, sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. When people say that a person didn’t have a bad bone in their body, well this was 100% true of Jake. He had a giant heart with a spirit bigger than himself. As tough as this is, I know that Jake is in a better place and that place is now better because Jake is there. Please keep the Cassell family in your hearts, thoughts and prayers as they will need it after losing such an amazing child.
If you would like to donate in Jake’s memory, the family has setup a scholarship in his name. According to the Cassell family, The Jake Cassell Scholarship Fund will benefit The Diener School, “the special needs school that Jake attended for five years. It was a defining, transformative environment and education for Jake and the teachers and administration are world-class. It is our hope to make this education available each year to a family who otherwise could not afford to send their child. Jake would be so honored and thrilled about this and we sincerely ask that you consider supporting this cause in his memory.”
Please join us Friday, August 9th from 2-3:30p in the WCHS Auditorium as we celebrate Jake’s life. All current and past athletes are encouraged to wear their Bulldog gear to show your support for Jake and his family just like Jake supported you.