"If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If you see
someone being ignored, find a way to include them. Always remind
people of their worth. One small act could mean the world to them."
Sean was highly competitive and although he loved playing basketball, his true passion seemed to come effortlessly. He was innately aware of other’s needs and how to best be of service to them. Sean knew that what a person did was much less important than how he did something. As such, he always sought out opportunities to be present for those needing a friend, present for those needing a shoulder to lean on and present for those needing an ear to unburden a pain. We, Sean’s loved ones, often hear stories about Sean leaving his group during a group project after noticing a student without a partner, or walking slowly and deliberately with a friend in need of a strong shoulder to cry on, when he was also needed, at the very same time on the court for a basketball game. Sean loved basketball: playing, watching or coaching. But he knew that the baskets were secondary to the relationships formed holding that ball.
The Sean Michael Culley Ministry of Presence Award (SMC MOP) will be awarded to the student who is a champion for others, on or off the court; who seeks an opportunity to make one small corner of the world a little less lonely, a little more fun, and a little more lively. If you know someone who continuously demonstrates care and concern for those around them, and makes a daily choice to be kind, generous and to act with integrity, please consider passing along this application or nominating the person yourself for the SMC MOP Award.