MIKE MAY OF SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, a junior center on the men's basketball team from Fort Worth, Texas, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week beginning January 7.
The SCAC Character & Community award honors the efforts of student-athletes who excel in the field of athletics, and also serve their campus and community. The effervescent and energetic Wilson is the perfect selection for the conference accolade.
On Jan. 4, Southwestern University Pirates men’s basketball forward Mike May stepped onto the court and produced six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.
His contributions in the box score, though relatively small, bely how valuable his impact was for a Pirates team missing its starting center due to injury. May played solid positional defense and boxed out his frontcourt counterpart, freeing his teammates to attack the glass.
Though his minutes might be unsteady, his attitude remains a delight and his presence a constant positive contribution.
On and off the court, May’s easy-going demeanor and selfless devotion stem, in part, from his faith. As the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), service is a part of his nature.
A year ago, when then-men’s soccer head coach Don Gregory invited a group of athletes for outreach at the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center, May jumped at the opportunity. Ten Southwestern University student-athletes met with kids at the juvenile detention center, interacting with them through friendly games in different sports.
“The first time seeing the kids interact was very interesting,” May said. “Before we started playing with them, they didn’t talk to each other much. When we started playing, it got lively and competitive.”
Since then, May has continued to show up to help mentor and compete the youths at the detention center, giving them, in May’s words, “an outlet for whatever they might be going through at the time.”
Sports offers opportunities for many life lessons, which May believes can help the youths he works with.
“It gives them a sense of how to work with others. Sports is one of the best ways you can take multiple personalities and drive them towards a common goal,” May said. “Everything you do requires working with a group, so it’s something they’re really going to have to hone. We get to exemplify doing this at a high-level as college athletes and set an example that’s beneficial for their future.”
May’s performance in the Jan. 4 victory over Schreiner University won’t garner player of the week honors but if you look closely, it reveals the leadership characteristics of a student-athlete ready to do the little things to lift up those around him when called on.