Heartland LIVING Magazine June-July 2022

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Inspiring Okeechobee

By Bridgette Waldau Photography Courtesy of Four Seam Images, Boston Red Sox and the Crawford Family is summer, and in small towns everywhere, the sound of youth baseball is in the air. The ball fields are full of excited kids playing baseball as parents cheer them on. In Okeechobee, they are also gearing up for a summer of T-Ball and Little League baseball with hopes and dreams of many kids making it to the pros. When a player from a small town makes it as a professional, it is a big deal. When two brothers in a small town both achieve their dreams, it is exciting and very rare. I am not a sportswriter, and this story is not about baseball stats or play-by-plays. Gritty details about professional baseball players can be found all over the Internet. This story is about two brothers, Jonathon and Kutter Crawford, their path to the pros, and how they have been an inspiration for Okeechobee.

Kutter (4) & Jonathon (9)

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