Team Jesse was started in 2007 by Kevin Mincio and Matt Corry to honor Kevin’s fallen friend and comrade, SSG Jesse L. Williams. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Kevin 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 Kevin to “look after” his daughter Amaya in the event Jesse didn’t make it back. Kevin obliged and Team Jesse is one of the ways Kevin is fulfilling his promise.
Team Jesse grew out of what was initially going to be a summer lacrosse tournament team founded by Kevin and Matt. 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 Kevin was informed of Jesse’s death. Kevin and Matt immediately knew that honoring Jesse and raising money for Amaya would be the new mission for our 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.
Currently, Kevin Mincio and Matt Sauri are riding across the United States to provide education and help for families of fallen soldiers and to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001.
I went out to join Team Jesse this morning as they stopped by to pay their respects to LCpl Matthew Pathenos in St. Louis.
It was hot. Even at 10 AM CST. Kevin Mincio and Matt Sauri then left for Chester, Illinois this morning. They are scheduled to finish their cross country tour at Ground Zero on 9-11-11.
I took this video of Kevin and Matt honoring LCpl Matthew Pathenos in St. Louis.
Hat Tip Ed
KSDK reported on their ride through St. Louis this week.
A bicycle team raising money for the families of fallen soldiers rode into St. Louis last Thursday.
Team Jesse is riding from California to New York in memory of Sgt. Jesse Williams.
Two major life changing events prompted Kevin Mincio, 40, to start Team Jesse. Mincio was a vice-president at Goldman Sachs when the planes hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. What he saw that day inspired him to enlist in the Army at the age of 31.
Minicio served a tour in Iraq with a Stryker Brigade and lost a number of comrades, including one of his closest friends, Jesse Williams. Mincio promised Williams he would look after wife and newborn daughter if Williams didn’t come home. That experience prompted him to start a charitable foundation, Team Jesse, which provides education support and other benefits for the children of fallen soldiers.