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.
BIO: Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster hails from Glassboro, New Jersey, and he had a very successful amateur boxing career before turning professional in May of 2009. Prior to becoming a fighter, this multi-talented tactician used his voice to enjoy what was a budding musical career.
Webster has overcome many hardships throughout his lifetime, including the loss of his father at a very early age. He has used those tough times as motivation in training and particularly when he enters the ring. After seeing multiple opponents back out of fights, the New Jersey native inked a promotional contract with Nedal Mohammed and Nedal Boxing at the beginning of 2011, and he has not looked back since.
I think this will be my last piece for the day I plan vegging out on the NFL Network preseason games and PS3. Today’s game of choice is NCAA Football 12. If you are on and want some of this hot ish, my gamer tag is JerseyAce.
Last night, along with my road dog John, hit up the Punching at the Paradise boxing card at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx. I love doing boxing shows with young fighters because they are very accommodating with the media.
Sitting in press row, the managers for the fighters feed anyone within earshot ideas for stories about their fighters, and offer interviews and come through in the end. Case in point, Matt Yanofsky promised me access to his fighter Mike Brooks, and sure enough after the normal give and take with reporters Brooks came over and we did this quick video (click here).
Joseph Trawick played ss/2nd base for the Cleveland Buckeyes in 1950. He played and saw some of the great Negro League Players of all time. Join us as we go "In the Game" Retro-Style and talk about this historic league.
A WNBA game provides the ambient music (Tulsa Shock at Minnesota Lynx) as I tip-tap on the keys of my Toshiba the thoughts of a sports nut.
Last night I witnessed a robbery disguised as the final bout of Showtime’s Bantamweight Tournament when Abner Mares and Russell Mora fleeced champion Joseph Agbeko of his IBF strap. Agbeko shook off a fluke knockdown (he was falling from the loss of balance before a Mares punch grazed his head) and repeated low blows from Mares before the eleventh round, and then the roof fell in.