February 6, 2013

Former men’s basketball player Rob Dixon featured in America East video series

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DURHAM, N.H. – Former University of New Hampshire men's basketball standout Rob Dixon is featured in the first segment of America East's four-part video series to commemorate Black History Month. The series will air a new episode every Wednesday throughout the month, starting with Dixon's segment on Feb. 6 on the conference's website and Youtube channel.

Dixon, who played at UNH from 1979-83, is the second leading scorer all-time in program history with 1,590 career points. However, he has truly made his mark off the court since hanging up the Wildcat jersey. As a teacher and coach at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., Dixon is the founder of the non-profit Project RISE (Respect, Integrity, and Success through Education). The youth advocate program boasts an impressive graduation rate and aims to help transform students into leaders through life experiences.

Dixon continues to be a shining example for inner-city kids across the country as exemplified through America East's video series. To watch the video, click HERE.

To commemorate Black History Month this year, the America East has dug into the storied athletic histories of each of the nine institutions. These mini-documentaries will examine the meaning of Black History Month as well as the role athletics has played in fostering equality.

The series will attempt to cover athletics in a broad fashion, as the conference has interviewed current and former players, coaches and administrators. Some of these distinguished individuals have dedicated their lives to college athletics while others have gone on to become successful in business or education. All of them are leaders and many can be viewed as pioneers in one way or another. Many of them will continue to guide us in the coming years.

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