Dec. 17, 2010
NEW YORK -
Madison Square Garden announced that California Golden Bear sophomore Tierra Rogers is this year's recipient of the annual Maggie Dixon Courage Award. Rogers will be honored during a special on-court ceremony on Sunday, December 19, during the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The award is presented annually to a recipient who, like Maggie Dixon, exemplifies the true meaning of the word courage, compassion and leadership.
Just weeks into her freshman season, Rogers collapsed during a routine pre-season practice and lay unconscious before the athletic trainers were able to revive her after she stopped breathing. Rogers was later diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD), a rare genetic disease that can cause dangerously abnormal heart rhythms. She quickly realized she wouldn't be able to lace up her shoes anymore and her collegiate basketball career was over before she had played her first game.
Though her condition keeps her from playing the game, Rogers, now a sophomore, will not let it keep her from loving the game. She continues to be a part of Cal's basketball team where she is a tri-captain and attends all of Cal's home games and practices. Rogers' voice can be heard from the bench, in the locker room, and during practice, guiding and leading her teammates from a distance.
She can also be heard speaking of the importance of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and knowing how to perform CPR. These things saved Rogers life, and she is hopeful they can continue to save others.
The Dixon Family is honored to present Tierra Rogers with this year's Maggie Dixon Courage Award.
The Maggie Dixon Classic, in its sixth year, will feature Rutgers, led by head coach C. Vivian Stringer, against Texas A&M to be followed by the much anticipated matchup when UConn puts their historic winning streak on the line against Ohio State. Game one tip-off is scheduled for 12 noon with both games being televised on ESPNU.
The Maggie Dixon Classic is held annually in memory of the former Army Black Knights women's basketball coach. On April 6, 2006, the women's college basketball community lost a young Maggie Dixon, who died from an undiagnosed heart condition. Over the course of her six months as head coach at the United States Military Academy, she led the program to unprecedented heights; the Black Knights played in their first Patriot League Championship and Dixon led her team to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Madison Square Garden will again team with the Dixon family to host a Heart Health Fair during both games. All fans are encouraged to attend the Heart Health Fair to help raise awareness of heart related illness.