Waliyy “Main Event” Dixon is nationally and internationally known as a Street Ball legend. Main Event is not just your ordinary professional Street Ball player. He has more than fifteen years experience in coaching, marketing, advertising, training, and entrepreneurship. His major focus is that of our youth. Through his commitment and passion for the love of basketball, he has realized that basketball can be a tool that assists in saving our youth. As a seasoned motivational speaker, his inspirational messages given at schools, parks, games, town hall meetings, churches etc; has empowered youth across the nation to reach for and exemplify excellence in education, as well as in life.
The credibility and authenticity of Main Event’s career and legacy stem from Main Event: being named Linden High School’s all-time leading scorer (inducted into its Hall of Fame), winning the “Reebok National Slam Dunk Contest,” earning the name “Main Event” at the world famous Rucker Park in Harlem, playing with the Harlem Wizards, playing professionally with the Long Island Surfin, playing with the United States Basketball League (USBL) and for the Atlantic City Seagulls. Main Event has also spent some time in training camp with the New Jersey Nets before the 2004 and 2005 NBA seasons, but decided to continue with his Street Ball career. Main Event was featured on the “AND 1 Mix Tape Volume One” which drew national attention for Street Ball.
Main Event was also featured in the Street Ball documentary “On Hollow Ground,” which aired on “TNT.” Main Event is also featured on two video games, Street Hoops, and AND1 Basketball on X-Box & Play Station 2. Main Event was also selected as a speaker for Verizon Wireless Str8 Talk Program. In 1998, Main Event started his own company, “Ball For Life, LLC.” Ball For Life, is a company that organizes some of the best Street Ball games around the world; with legendary Street Ball players, as well as up and coming players. He received an award of recognition from the Township of Irvington – Municipal Council for his participation in “My Father Knows Best” program.
We are losing our youth to gangs, crime, and societal erosion. Waliyy “Main Event” Dixon desires to impact and educate our youth on their alternatives, to our inner city ills. He has the uncanny ability to touch, motivate, and educate people from all walks of life. Having him as a guest speaker can be the first step for communities who desire a new direction for their youth.