Sept. 3, 2009
PITTSBURGH--Pitt Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon will be honored by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh at the organization's 30th annual corporate roast on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Held at the Marriott City Center Hotel from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., the event will feature a silent auction and dinner. For more information, to contribute or to attend, please contact Adriane Deithorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the attached pdf and fax to (412) 363-6801 or mail to 5989 Penn Circle South; Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3828. All proceeds benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.
Dixon's roasters for the event include Radio Voice of Pitt Basketball and Football and senior member of the WTAE Channel 4 action sports team Bill Hillgrove, Pitt assistant basketball coach and retired jersey recipient Brandin Knight, sports director and anchor for KDKA-TV Channel 2 Bob Pompeani and ESPN/CBS Sports color analyst Bill Raftery.
Former Chief Executive of Allegheny County James C. Roddey will serve as Master of Ceremonies, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg is the event's Honorary Vice Chair and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors Patrick J. Lucas is the event chair.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is the city's premier youth mentoring organization with proven success in creating positive relationships between adults and children. The program matches "Little's," to adult volunteer "Big's." Through guidance and friendship, mentors fill a void for children who are critically in need of stable and supportive bonds with caring adults.
The 2009 Naismith National Coach of the Year, Dixon will enter his 11th season at Pitt and seventh as head basketball coach. Last year, Dixon set the all-time NCAA Division I record for most wins after six seasons as a head coach (163), led Pitt to a 31-5 overall record and the school's first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance, the Panthers' first-ever No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Tournament and the program's first-ever No. 1 national ranking. This July, Dixon guided the USA Basketball Under-19 team to a Gold Medal and undefeated 9-0 record the FIBA World Championships in New Zealand.