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No story embodies this lesson of servant leadership quite like that of the friendship between Saint Francis grad Maurice Stokes '55 and his Cincinnati Royals teammate Jack Twyman.
Our university motto “become that someone” speaks to our Catholic-Franciscan mission to help students become compassionate, caring, successful professionals. The values of faith, generosity, respect, discovery, and joy run deep in our culture and attract students with a desire to become that someone who makes a difference in the lives of others.
The idea of using "become that someone" as an inspirational rallying call began in SFU Athletics to honor the special friendship between Saint Francis grad
Maurice Stokes '55 and his Cincinnati Royals teammate Jack Twyman.
During the 2012-13 season, the Red Flash found inspiration in a quote from Twyman: "Maurice was on his own, something had to be done, and somebody had to do it. I was the only one that was there, so I became that someone."
The theme has continued to thrive in various iterations in athletics world, especially with the Red Flash's partnership with
Team Impact. Given the theme's grassroots popularity with students, and its perfect fit with the Franciscan mission of service to others, the university decided to adopt it as the official branding statement in 2017.
Just days later, Stokes suffered a series of seizures while aboard an airplane to Cincinnati to face the Detroit Pistons in a playoff game. The ordeal left Stokes permanently paralyzed and unable to speak. The medical bills, and the attention required, became almost insurmountable. Enter Jack Twyman. Stokes' teammate with the Royals. Twyman became Maurice's legal guardian and assumed responsibility for his friend's medical expenses. The never-ending assists from Twyman helped keep Stokes alive until 1970.
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