Mississippi Valley State University

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University News

Willie Totten and David “Deacon” Jones Honored

July 18, 2013

Former Mississippi Valley State quarterback Willie Totten and defensive lineman David "Deacon" Jones will be two of five former HBCU standouts to be honored Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. EST at the MEAC/SWAC Legends Reception in Orlando, hosted by ESPN.

The reception serves as one of several activities prior to the 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney, which pits Mississippi Valley State against Florida A&M at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Other honorees include award-winning choreographer Chuck Maldonado (North Carolina A&T), radio personality Charlie Neal (Villanova University), and author Lucille O'Neal.

For more information about MEAC/SWAC Legends Reception and the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, September 1 – MVSU vs. Florida A&M, go to www.meacswacchallenge.com.

Legends Awards History

The Legends Award was established in 2009 to pay tribute to extraordinary alumni who have used their respective MEAC and SWAC university education to bring excellence to their professional achievements and/or community service endeavors (local, state, national or global). The Legends Awards were established to honor dedicated alumni who, through exceptional service to their respective university, have helped to advance the institution's mission and goals. Legends Award recipients are representative of the rich diversity of MEAC and SWAC universities, and they inspire others. Through their enduring commitment to excellence, integrity, civility, diversity and service, they serve as stellar examples for future graduates of MEAC and SWAC institutions.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Reception is a semi-formal cocktail reception and dinner that allows recipients the opportunity to share their stories about how they are making a difference within their industry and/or in the lives of others. The event, held at one of Disney's famed hotel ballrooms, allows attendees to experience the magic of Walt Disney World and the pageantry of black college football during this exciting fun-filled Labor Day weekend.

Deacon Jones                     Willie Totten