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Restaurant Owner Pays it Forward

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A local restaurant owner is paying it forward while also reliving a childhood pastime in the process.

Bob Zlatich has owned Zip's by the cable bridge for the past 32 years. While he enjoys running his burger and fish joint, Zlatich's also a huge supporter of little league baseball.

"It's nice to see the enthusiasm in the's really great," said Zlatich.

Shortly after buying Zip's, the Pasco native began using money from his business to sponsor teams for the Kennewick American Youth Baseball organization. Zlatich started supporting one team, but that number soon grew to five, costing about $600 per team every year.

However, Zlatich believes it's not about the money, but about  the growth in the kids who play the game.

"In the beginning of the season they don't know which end of the bat to pick up and at the end of the season they're getting hits....that's a big deal," said Zlatich.

The father of four played for a little league team when he was younger. He says it kept him out of trouble and this is way of paying it forward

"If a kid has too much time on his hands, it's as innocent as throwing a rock against the window ...I didn't have time and I loved doing it, added Zlatich.

Coaches say they are appreciative of the support and that Zlatich makes every effort to be at the team's games.

"Bob's here for all the can almost find Bob here every Saturday watching the games," said Brian Shaffer, the coach of Zip's - Cable Bridge team