Oct. 21, 2011
PITTSBURGH--Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl issued a proclamation declaring tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, 2011, "Maggie Dixon Day" in the city.
The proclamation praises Pitt Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon, the University of Pittsburgh and the Maggie Dixon Foundation for the charitable work being completed to promote a heart healthy lifestyle, awareness of sudden cardiac death and the need for early diagnosis and preventative treatment.
In the proclamation, Ravenstahl states, "I commend Maggie Dixon's family and friends for their efforts to save lives on behalf of their loved one and raise awareness in such a pertinent manner."
Maggie Dixon was the spirited, passionate and successful head coach of the Army Black Knights women's basketball team. In 2006, she guided her team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Just weeks later, Maggie died suddenly due to a heart arrhythmia at the age of 28.
On Saturday, Pitt will hold its third annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Scrimmage at the Petersen Events Center. Presented by Starkist, The Fan Fest and Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair begins at 2:30 p.m., while tipoff for the Blue-Gold Scrimmage is at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission and free parking is available in the OC Lot beginning at 1:30 p.m.