The student-athlete and compassion: Minicucci promotes more than sport and studies | local sports

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Louis Minicucci Jr. has nothing against making a good living, which almost always involves hard work, long hours, and devotion to family.

And he has nothing against talent, especially when it comes to sport and studies.

But this, he believes, is not enough to be complete.

And a year ago, he was the key cog in adding an element of charity work to the annual Eagle-Tribune student-athlete award.

It’s one thing to be a good athlete and a very good student, which is a barometer for our 16 student-athlete candidates.

But it’s quite another to care about others, especially the less fortunate.

Minicucci, 72, has tried to make this part of his life most of his adult years, dating back more than four decades when he became the Massachusetts Housing Authority’s youngest director at 24. years.

In fact, if you want to get technical, the “bug” probably started hitting him when he participated in the AmeriCorps Vista program, to alleviate poverty, a semester spent in low-income neighborhoods as a college student at Hartford, Conn.

“I started to understand the importance of housing security,” said Minicucci, whose MINCO Corp. is one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the region.

“There is a huge housing need,” Minicucci said. “One of the biggest issues – affordability issues. You can’t have economic growth without people living in the area.

Which brings us back to the best of our best, all of whom have an element of charitable endeavors in their impressive resumes.

“It’s important, I believe, to want to help others,” Minicucci said. “In the three years that I have participated in this program, I have been so impressed by our young people. They seem to genuinely care not only about themselves, but about others.

Minicucci was a renowned football player at North Andover High, graduating in 1967. The work ethic involved, including leadership and teamwork, were traits that marked him throughout his career in the building sector.

Today he has several large projects, including one behind China Blossom in North Andover, which has 136 units. Another in Newburyport, currently working on the second phase of a three-phase, 252-unit project, and one in Lynn, working with Dolben Company for 331 units.

“I’m busier than ever,” said Mincucci, whose business is located on Sutton Street in Andover.

He looks forward to following the 16 nominees, all of whom will be individually highlighted in the next 16 editions of The Eagle-Tribune starting Monday. Stories will not appear in the Tuesday and Saturday electronic editions.

“Our young people are our future,” Mincucci said. “I am amazed at their abilities. and it’s a great way to honor and showcase them.

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