Special to The Clinton Courier
Two of Mississippi College’s most decorated student-athletes are helping breathe new life into an organization that helps former Choctaws stay connected to the University.
Kenny Bizot, MC athletic director, who captured the Mr. Hustle Award during each of the four seasons he played basketball for legendary coach Mike Jones, and Susan Musselwhite, MC associate athletic director for compliance, who was a four-time All Gulf South Conference selection for the Choctaws softball team, are working to revitalize the University’s storied M Club.
The club provides opportunities for those who wore the Blue and Gold to give back to the institution they represented so well.
Membership in the M Club has waned during the last few years. The pair of Mississippi College Athletics Hall of Famers is working with an advisory committee of former MC student-athletes to develop strategies to see the organization return to its former glory. The committee consists of representatives from a wide array of Choctaws men and women’s athletic programs who are interested in the club’s success.
“We are interested in developing ways to show appreciation to the former athletes and the time they served in each of their sports at MC,” said Bizot, who was named an all-conference defensive player and made the All Gulf South Conference Academic Team during his tenure on the A.E. Wood Coliseum court. “We look at this as an opportunity to reach out to our alumni and draw them back to our college and our campus. Any former athlete or support personnel who has taken part in any of our sports has an opportunity to become an active member of the M Club.”
All members will receive a subscription to the M Club’s official email newsletter. Active members or dues-paying members will receive a membership gift, a window decal, and two passes to each regular-season home contest in all sporting events played on the Clinton campus.
Every fall, the M Club hosts a reception during MC’s Homecoming to help members connect with one another prior to the big football game. Each spring, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosts a “Choctaw Sports Night” that provides an opportunity for M Club members to grow the organization by educating more than four hundred MC athletes, particularly juniors and seniors who will be graduating soon, and cultivating a better understanding of what the club is all about.
About three months ago, the M Club launched its email newsletter, which touts the accomplishments of current and former members of the Blue and Gold, keeps readers abreast of where each of MC’s eighteen athletic teams are in their respective standings, and lists important upcoming contests that should be circled in red on MC sports fans’ calendars.
Although the M Club will remain exclusively for Choctaws, the organization is not exclusive. Any former athlete, support staff, or individual who has represented the University can become a member. This includes former student-athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, dance team members, athletic trainers, and managers, among others.
Active dues-paying members get an additional important benefit – the opportunity to vote for each MC Athletics Hall of Fame class.
Bizot said the M Club provides an opportunity for its members to share what they learned while contributing to that legacy of athletic success.
“Athletics allows you to understand how to exist in a different culture with different people who have different ideas, all of which come together to support a common goal,” he said. “When you get in the job force, how you connect with people, your work ethic, and how adjustable you are to certain situations becomes important. Athletics teaches you to work hard and strive to do the best you can each and every day. My hope is that we can reach former athletes through the M Club, and let them know how much they’re appreciated, and how thankful we are for the time they spent here at MC.”