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MSU's Mullen says impacting young lives important

March 1, 2013

MAYHEW – Dan Mullen knows there is more to life than coaching football.

The fifth-year Mississippi State coach makes sure he is involved with organizations that are helping people in need.

He took advantage of an opportunity Thursday night to speak to an organization that is geared toward helping.

Mullen addressed the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle at a charity fundraiser on the Golden Triangle campus of East Mississippi Community College.

"The Boys and Girls Club does a great job impacting people's lives and try to make a difference in young people's lives," Mullen said before he took the stage. "That's why I coach – to make that same impact and have the same impression on a young person that later in life might achieve an awful lot of great things."

Mullen was greeted with a big round of applause when he took the podium to deliver his message. 

Many board members, children, parents and supporters were in attendance.

Mullen's job is to coach a football team and develop his players football skills, but he takes it upon himself to use his position to help people around him.

"I do a bunch of these different events," Mullen said. "I'm a big believer that if you have the opportunity to impact people in a positive way, you should be obligated to do that. The good Lord has put me in a position to where I can have an impact on people's lives. I feel I want to make sure that I give back and take advantage of that opportunity to help others."

Mullen has compiled a 29-22 record as the Bulldog head coach. He is 13-19 in Southeastern Conference play. 
While being introduced Dr. Roy Ruby, he made sure to make that point that Mullen "has beaten the University of Mississippi three out of four times."

Mullen talked in his speech how he knew what he wanted to do from a young age. Football was always a part of his life, but he also wanted to help people.

Mullen and his wife Megan have two children. They have a son, Canon, and a daughter, Breelyn Elisabeth.

He wants Canon and Breelyn Elisabeth to follow in his footsteps and help people if they have the means to.

"You're giving people the opportunity to be the best they can become," Mullen said. "I want to set a great example for my family. I want to be a great husband, I want to be a great father and I want to make sure that I give my young kids the values in life that are necessary to be successful and achieve the most they can achieve in this world."

Mullen will be making another public appearance before spring practice starts on Thursday, March 22.

"It's always great to hopefully give back and give a little to these kids so they can continue to improve in their life," Mullen said.

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