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Southern Miss Football Team Inspires Kids at DuBard School

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Todd Monken and the Golden Eagles bring excitement to a group of local students.

"Who doesn't like being around kids," says Southern Miss head football coach Todd Monken.

"It's always good to see a smile on kids' faces," says Southern Miss running back Kendrick Hardy.

"He and the players did a fantastic job of pumping up our children, not just for Golden Eagle football, but for learning," says USM DuBard School for Language Disorders Director Maureen Martin.

The team continues the Black and Gold Day tradition that started before the students were even born.

"We've been doing this over 15 years - back to the Coach Jeff Bower days, and he's the one that started this and it's become a very important tradition for the DuBard School and our calendar every year," says Martin.

But Monken says the annual tradition is important to him as well.

"It means a lot and it means a lot to have our players be able to take the time and come over, and I think it's a humbling experience," says Monken.

Monken brought about a dozen players with him to this year's event, an inspiring experience for one student.

"You need to continue on your dreams, to whatever you want to be," says 11-year-old student Mark Holland.

Mark says he wants to be a football player, something he knows he will have to work hard for - just like his new role model.

"It was great meeting Monken," says Mark. "He was a great guy, and I know he worked very hard to become the coach. I salute you."

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