In conjunction with the newly accredited TCU and UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine, the TCU women’s basketball program will host the 13th annual Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena.
The Horned Frogs will take on Army, which was coached to the 2006 NCAA Tournament by Maggie Dixon prior to her tragic passing later that year of a heart arrhythmia.
The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine and the Maggie Dixon Foundation will host a Heart Health Fair on the concourse of Schollmaier Arena, beginning at 1 p.m. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest.
Joining the effort for the Heart Health Fair will also be the American Heart Association, the TCU Student Nurses Association, the TCU Harris Associates and Health Professional Learning Center, the TCU Rec Center, the TCU ROTC Brigade Nurses, the TCU Pre-Health Professionals and the TCU Society of Women Engineers.
Activities will include a “Kids Heart Challenge” jump-rope booth, blood pressure checks, AED training, pulse and O2 saturation measurements and numerous other heart-healthy stations.
Prior to the game, TCU Athletics and the Maggie Dixon Foundation will present the Heart Hero Award to current TCU Director of Athletic Training Matt Herrill and former TCU Director of Sports Medicine Chris Hall. During the TCU men’s basketball alumni game earlier this year, former player Johnny Pate collapsed while playing and Herrill and Hall were able to resuscitate him through the use of CPR and a nearby AED. Maggie Dixon was the younger sister of current TCU Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon. Maggie Dixon was the coach of the women’s basketball team at the U.S. Military Academy when she died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2006.
Dixon, in his third season as TCU’s men’s coach, says it’s fitting to host the Maggie Dixon Classic on the TCU campus.
“It’s extra special for me and my family that the game will be against Army, where Maggie coached and where the first Classic was played,” Dixon said.
Sunday’s game will also be a “Salute to Service” contest. Service members and first responders can purchase tickets for just $4 using the promo code: HERO at GoFrogs.com/SaluteToService.
Season and individual game tickets are available for purchase at GoFrogs.com/WBBTickets.