Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pete Carroll: Paying it Forward

(Sean & Pete Carroll)

One of my brother’s goals was to pursue his undergraduate studies at The University of Southern California (USC). Although his life was tragically cut short, my family was fortunate to have his dream formally acknowledged at his memorial in 2004. At his funeral our pastor informed my family that on our behalf he had contacted USC and told them about my brother’s dream. The admissions office said that my brother embodied USC's character, spirit and would have been an excellent candidate. An admissions dean then contacted Coach Carroll who mailed our pastor an autographed football with the words “Fight On! In Memory of Mark Tiner.” The football was presented to me at the memorial and stands as my most cherished possession.

The words “Fight On! In memory of Mark Tiner” have helped me endure different stages of grief. They remind me about the goals, passion and energy that my brother exemplified. The slogan “Fight on,” helps me battle through the agonizing stages of grief and reminds me that it is possible to endure, survive and persevere through the physical and emotional loss of a loved one.

(Peter Carroll, Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

Although I'm now a graduate student at USC on my own accord, I'm glad my brother's dream can vicariously live through me. It also refreshing that my brother's memory continues to impact others through the memorial scholarships established by the community in his honor. Thank you so much for your unconditional support.

Thanks again to Pete Carroll for continually finding time to support so many people in the Los Angeles comunity.

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1 comment:

Wallace said...

Hi Pete:

I just found your post online and am deeply moved. My brother was murdered when I was 13 years old. He was 19 years old. I am now 48 and I just completed a higher degree. I feel so indebted to my brother, Windell, for the short amount of time that we had together has provided me a lifetime of direction and encouragement. There's no way I could ever have achieved what I have been able to achieve without the drive to reach my potential instilled in me at such a very young age through his example.

Best wishes to you and your family and always remember that your brother is right there with you as you achieve goals and make a positive difference in the world.

With aloha,

Wallace Napier