Hard Work, Discipline and Confidence Pay Off

Jun. 17, 2016 - by Katy Ward

“It’s funny how the game of football can make a difference in someone’s life,” says Corey Young ('14), an MNU sports management graduate.  Growing up in a small town in southern Georgia, Young never imagined the life he has now.  He came to MNU with a scholarship, but that didn’t keep him from working to save for his personal expenses. His coaches helped him find employment that worked with his academic and athletic schedules. During the summer months, he worked for a moving company, while training for football.

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Young says it was the game, the hard work and the support of his college family that helped him develop discipline and confidence. Now he teaches those principles to the children he helps to mentor as an NFL Play 60 Youth Guide. Working with the Kansas City Chiefs in their Arrowhead Stadium sports lab, Young is part of a program that invites kids from the community to stay active and learn about healthy lifestyles. As a bonus, they get a tour of the stadium.

Loyal to his alma mater, he also works as the cornerback’s coach/assistant defensive back coach and assistant strength & conditioning coach for MNU football. Young says what he loves most about this job is making a difference in young men’s lives.

Bigger dreams are calling him. Young has plans to pursue them, and hopes to become an NFL coach and a general manager.

“There is no promise,” he says, “Just prayer, hard work and dedication that keeps me going. It takes bravery to chase a dream.“ And MNU is where it all started. 

Fun Facts:

  • Football addict –plays football, coaches football, watches football—even documentaries about football.
  • Favorite Hangout – TOPGOLF, state-of-the-art driving range.
  • Best trait – loyalty. His friends say you can always count on him.

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