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About Charity Bowl

During the Ole Miss Rebels’ 1989 Homecoming game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, Ole Miss defensive back Chucky Mullins plunged head-first into a tackle of Vanderbilt fullback Brad Gaines after a short pass attempt. The impact shattered four vertebrae in Mullins’ cervical spine, immediately paralyzing him. In the face of this challenge, Mullins inspired the nation with his resilience and positivity. In efforts to support Mullins recovery, active members of Sigma Nu at Ole Miss founded Charity Bowl in 1990. Tragically, Chucky Mullins passed away on May 6, 1991 due to complications from the injury.

Each year, in honor of Chucky Mullins, Sigma Nu selects an individual living with paralysis as the primary recipient of Charity Bowl. In recent years, Charity Bowl has also benefited the Manning Foundation and the William Magee Center for Wellness Education.

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Charity Bowl is a multi-faceted event organized by active members of Sigma Nu at the University of Mississippi. Hosted in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Charity Bowl features a full-contact football game between active members of Sigma Nu and another fraternity. In addition to the game, Charity Bowl presents a pre-kickoff sorority cheer competition and a homecoming style Charity Bowl Court.

Charity Bowl is primarily supported through financial donations and Charity Bowl program advertisement sales. Since its inception, Charity Bowl has raised over $1.7 million for its recipients.

 
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2019 Recipient

Thomas Guest

Thomas Guest is from Madison, MS and is the son of Scott and Marti Guest. Thomas attended Germantown High School, where he was active on the lacrosse team. Thomas graduated in 2017 and began pursuing a degree in biosciences at Mississippi State University during the fall of 2017. In November of 2017, Thomas and a friend were riding an ATV at a hunting camp when one of its tires blew out. The resulting crash broke Thomas’ back, paralyzing him from the chest down.

Despite the challenges presented by his injury, Thomas has shown courage and positivity that inspires everyone around him. Following months of rehabilitation at the Shepard Center in Atlanta, Thomas returned to Mississippi State in the fall of 2018. Thomas is an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, and currently lives on campus in the Sigma Chi house with the help of an assisted living professional. Thomas’ long term goals include finishing his degree, finding a job, raising a family, and, ultimately, walking again. Sigma Nu is proud to support Thomas and his family as they continue to face the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury.


 

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