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October 19, 2017
Cook Series Event: Brittany Wagner - 7 pm
Location: Brown Grand Theatre

Netflix Star to present at next Cook Series event

Cook Series, Brittany WagnerBrittany Wagner, a nationally-respected athletic academic counselor, life coach, and star of the Netflix hit series “Last Chance U,” will speak at Cloud County Community College’s second Cook Series event on Thursday, Oct. 19. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. at the Brown Grand Theater in downtown Concordia.

Wagner was featured on the first two seasons of Netflix’s popular documentary, “Last Chance U,” where she helped more than 250 football and men’s basketball athletes reach the next level. She gained fame as the “mother” of the most dominate junior college football program in the country – the East Mississippi Community College Lions – the team featured on the documentary.

East Mississippi was known for giving “troublemakers” their last chance at making it to the NFL, and Wagner was a vivacious mentor and mother figure to the players. Oftentimes, she was the driving factor behind their future successes. A number of players who Wagner mentored have gone on to play at the professional level, including Quinton Dial, San Francisco 49ers; Denico Autry, Oakland Raiders; Za’darius Smith, Baltimore Ravens; Jarran Reed, Seattle Seahawks; and Chad Kelly, Denver Broncos.

Wagner’s recent stardom has landed her interviews on “The Dan Patrick Show” and “GQ Online,” as well as with the New York Times, New York Daily News, and several ESPN affiliates. 

Since leaving East Mississippi, she created 10,000 Pencils, or 10KP, a company that works directly with school programs over a five or 10-month period. She engages with selected at-risk student-athletes, acting as an advisor and helping manage various aspects of their lives, including academic success and life skills. Wagner works to positively influence the culture surrounding college athletes by changing mindsets regarding academics, helping to improve their chances of maintaining academic eligibility, and learn to accept personal responsibility and make positive decisions.

Her most common question, “Do you have a pencil?” has become a worldwide phenomenon since the show’s debut. The saying was so popular, fans of the show mailed her more than 3,000 pencils.

Wagner, a native of Clinton, Mississippi, earned her undergraduate degree in sports communication from Mississippi State University, followed by her master’s degree in sports administration. She is a single-mom to one daughter, Kennedy.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Charles and Marian Cook Series at Cloud County Community College. The Cooks were travelers who wanted to bring the world to those who could not travel themselves. More than 70 events have been presented through the sponsorship of the Cook Foundation and the Division of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business at CCCC. It was always Marian Cook’s wish that all Cook Series events be free and open to the public.