The head football coach at Mississippi State University will be the guest speaker at the annual "Champions of Youth" fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Neshoba County.

Coach Dan Mullen will speak at the steak dinner fundraiser on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum.

Mullen became the MSU Bulldogs' 32nd head coach on Dec. 10, 2008.

Prior to coming to MSU, Mullen served as offensive coordinator at the University of Florida and was also alongside Urban Meyer at Utah, where he was quarterback coach of the Utes during their undefeated 2004 season.

In just four full regular seasons, Mullen has revitalized and re-energized the Mississippi State fan base. Supporters have turned out in record numbers and capacity crowds to support the Bulldogs under his leadership.

The Bulldogs won eight games during the 2012 season for just the third time in the last 12 years. The Bulldogs have gone to a post-season bowl for the third straight year, just the second time in school history.

Currently, Mullen and his staff are gearing up for National Signing Day which is Feb. 6.

He has garnered commitments from numerous highly rated prospects and the recruiting class is ranked in the top 15 nationally by several rating sources.

The average daily attendance at the Neshoba County Boys & Girls Club is about 60 students.

Officials said members' grade averages in school show improvements annually.

Statistics show that 90 percent of Boys & Girl Club alumni graduate from high school.

The Neshoba County club is at 239 Byrd Avenue.

The mission of the club is: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

At the club, students do their homework, work on computers and are tutored in areas such as math and reading if needed.

A number of programs are included in the club activities including Passport to Manhood, S.M.A.R.T. Girls, abstinence and tobacco free, among others.

The public is invited to the "Champions of Youth" fundraiser for a $100 donation to the club.

For more information call Tarsha Love, 601-656-1050; Eric Prince, 601-656-4343; or Andrew Windham at 601-656-2761.