Written By: Christina Torres
This past weekend, on April 23rd 2016, there was a memorial held to honor, remember and memorialize a wall ball (handball) enthusiast who made a tremendous impact on those who interacted with him on the courts of NYC. Jason Zambrana hails from the Bronx. He grew up playing at Mitchell’s Park located on 136th street in the “Boogie Down” and according to his neighborhood and friends he was “the funny guy” who always had a smile on his face.
Jason, also known as Kasper, along with his best friend Richie would play wall ball in their local park mostly as a means of recreation. Aside from his competitive nature, everyone knew him as being a funny, outgoing character. “He was always smiling and making sure everyone was in a positive mood,” said Richie. Unfortunately, Kasper suffered from a serious asthma condition which ultimately was the cause of his death. At the young age of 28, he passed on March 1, 2016 and leaves behind his wife Cindy, two 2 year old twins Jaysen and Skylen and 2 step-daughters Stephanie and Sydney.
At the memorial tournament held this past Saturday hundreds of dollars were raised to assist his family in their time of need. Over 64 local players showed up in addition to friends and relatives to contribute to the cause. Congratulations to the winners, Migz and Chacho who also grew up playing with Kasper and competed in his honor. Jason Zambrana was a dedicated family man and a great competitor whose legacy will forever impact the players of the Bronx.
They say “the good die young”, and this young man was definitely a great person who will be missed by us all.
If you have asthma and find yourself in need of resources of assistance please visit The Center for Asthma & Allergy – http://www.centerforasthmaallergy.com/
In the case of an emergency, please do not hesitate to dial 911.