Lacrosse Community Honors Local Hero
Last weekend, the Team Jesse Foundation, in partnership with the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club, honored a local military hero and recognized his family for their sacrifice. This season, the Mercer Island High School Boys Lacrosse teams participated in the “Islanders Never Forget” campaign to raise money and awareness in support of the Foundation and specifically to honor Sergeant First Class Cliff Beattie of Medical Lake, WA. Check out the Photo Gallery.
A 1992 graduate of Medical Lake High School in the Spokane area, SFC Beattie was killed three years ago on May 22, 2011 when the vehicle he was traveling in hit an Improvised Explosive Device. Also lost in that incident was Private First Class Ramon Mora Jr. of Ontario, CA.
Through the efforts of the "Islanders Never Forget" campaign, Team Jesse proudly provided education grants to Sergeant Beattie’s children Jaydean and Dale. Mercer Island varsity senior captain Devlin Conway presented the “Islanders Never Forget” awards to Jaydean and Dale during halftime of the Mercer Island Varsity Lacrosse game on May 9. Devlin is an Eagle Scout and will attend the United States Naval Academy this fall.
The Team Jesse Foundation would like to thank all of the MIHS lacrosse players for their commitment to this campaign and its results. We would also like to thank the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club, Mercer Island High School, our generous partner the Wimmer Solutions Corporation and the local communities that continue to support the Foundation and its mission.
We will never forget!