Team Mitch Winey
Our team is running in honor of Cadet Mitchell Winey. He was a member of the West Point Class of 2018, B-1 Barbarians. He knew he wanted to attend a service academy and serve our great country since the young age of 12. Since that day, he did everything he needed to do to achieve his goal. Mitch graduated from Chesterton High School in 2014. He served as class president for four years and was a member of the National Honor Society. He captained the CHS Soccer Team. In 2014 he was also elected Prom King. He reported to the United States Military Academy at West Point July 2, 2014, was accepted into the Corps of Cadets as a Plebe in the Class of 2018, and was recognized on the Dean's list in all four semesters majoring in Engineering Management. He served as ACIC for the West Point Ski Patrol, as well as, CIC and founding member of the newly formed freestyle ski team.
Mitch was someone who was always smiling and always doing anything he could to help and encourage others around him. He was always planning the next big adventure for his family and friends and was constantly pushing people out of their comfort zone in order to allow others to experience life. His joy for life was contagious and has continued to touch and inspire people even in his passing.
On 02 June 2016 Mitch departed during a training accident in Fort Hood, TX with eight other soldiers. At Fort Hood, Texas he participated in Cadet Troop Leader Training, embedded with the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
One of Mitch's many plans was to participate in a Marathon, with talk of running in this year's MCM. We have decided to complete his plan and run for him. Not only are we participating in this race for Mitch, we are participating to honor all the men, women, and families who sacrifice everything for our great nation.
TAPS info below:
On October 22, 2017 our team will be participating in the 42nd Annual Marine Corps Marathon Events in support of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS provides direct support to families who have been impacted by a death in the military regardless of geography or circumstance.
The funds we will raise will flow directly into TAPS programming which supports these families through an amazing network of resources, seminars and publications. TAPS provides these services at no charge to survivors from all branches of the service, including Reserves and National Guard. TAPS’ programs and services are available not only for immediate family, but also for extended family and friends. Please help us honor our fallen heroes by supporting me in this effort. No donation is too big or too small.