The Washington Stealth will be hosting the Team Jesse Foundation at its regular season finale tonight at the Comcast Arena at Everett. The Stealth has partnered with Team Jesse in hopes of creating more awareness and support for a great cause.
The mission of The Team Jesse Foundation is helping families of fallen soldiers in honor of SSG Jesse Williams. Team Jesse also supports the efforts of other charitable organizations helping military families more broadly.
Kevin Mincio and Matt Corry started Team Jesse in 2007, to honor Mincio's fallen friend and comrade, SSG Jesse L. Williams. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Mincio left a Wall Street job to join the Army and served a tour of duty in Iraq with Jesse, where they became close friends. Before Jesse left for his 2nd tour of duty, after earning a Purple Heart in his 1st tour, he asked Mincio to “look after” his daughter Amaya in the event Jesse didn't make it back. Mincio obliged and Team Jesse is one of the ways Mincio is fulfilling his promise.
Team Jesse grew out of what was initially going to be a summer lacrosse tournament team founded by Mincio and Corry. Made up of former players from their alma mater, UCONN, and other friends from the lacrosse community, the team was entered into the 2007 Lax Vegas Lacrosse Tournament. Planning was under way when Mincio was informed of Jesse's death. Mincio and Corry immediately knew that honoring Jesse and raising money for Amaya would be the new mission for the lacrosse team and Team Jesse started to take shape.
With the help and support of family, friends and other connections throughout the lacrosse community, they got to work raising money for Amaya and sharing the story of Jesse, a courageous soldier who gave all for his country.
Inspired to do more in the Fall of 2010, Mincio and Corry founded the Team Jesse Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with the help of Eileen Tang and Heather Hager. The vision of the leadership team is to assist in helping as many families of fallen soldiers as possible by raising money through awareness and events.
The biggest fundraiser to date for the Team Jesse Foundation will take place this summer. Mincio and Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Matt Sauri will cycle across America, a journey simpley entitled, “The Ride”. This 95-day, 4,200 mile trek will begin at the gravesite of SSG Jesse Williams in Santa Rosa, CA and end at Ground Zero in Manhattan, NY where Team Jesse Foundation co-founder Mincio stood on 9.11.01 as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs before enlisting in the Army. All donations that are received during this event will provide education and support to families of fallen soldiers.
For more information on the Team Jesse Foundation, visit their table at tonight’s Stealth game at the Comcast Arena at Everett, or visit teamjesse.org.