July 20, 2009
New York, NY - Madison Square Garden announced today that Rutgers University, the University of Tennessee, Boston College, and Baylor University will participate in the fourth annual Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday, December 13, 2009. Two Hall of Fame coaches and one freshman sensation highlight this premier women's college basketball doubleheader.
Baylor, which is led by 6-foot-7 freshman dunking phenom Brittney Griner, takes on Boston College and head coach Sylvia Crawley in game one scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Both teams will be making their Madison Square Garden debuts.
Game two features Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and C. Vivian Stringer when Tennessee takes on Rutgers in the teams' seventh matchup in seven years. The two teams met at Madison Square Garden once before, in 1999, and Tennessee won 68-54. The anticipated matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU.
"Madison Square Garden is thrilled to again host the Maggie Dixon Classic and continue to help raise awareness for the Cardiac Arrhythmias Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) Foundation," said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Madison Square Garden Sports Properties. "This marquee women's college basketball event has quickly become a fixture on The Garden's annual college basketball schedule."
Tickets for the Maggie Dixon Classic, starting at $15.00, go on sale Tuesday, July 21 at 12:00 p.m. and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.thegarden.com. Madison Square Garden's remaining college basketball schedule will be announced at a later date.
The Maggie Dixon Classic is held annually in memory of the former Army Black Knights women's basketball coach. On April 6, 2006, women's college basketball lost a young and healthy Maggie Dixon, who died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. 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.
Over 325,000 Americans die every year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Madison Square Garden will again team with the Dixon family and the Cardiac Arrhythmias Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) Foundation, Inc., for the third-annual Heart Health Expo. All fans are encouraged to attend the Heart Health Expo where free heart screenings will be conducted for children and young adults up to age 22 to help raise awareness of heart related illness. The Expo will also include educational heart displays, health demonstrations, player autograph opportunities, and an appearance by the Knicks Groove Truck. Over 350 fans participated during last season's Expo, 100 teens and adults were trained in CPR, and more than 50 people registered to be organ donors.
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