Dear Parents and Campers,
summer, I had the privilege of bringing my four year-old
grandson to the Dixie Basketball Camp for the first
time. He only stayed two days, but it was pure joy to
watch as he got swept away by the SPIRIT and ENTHUSIASM
from the older campers, who treated him as one of them.
It was a proud moment for me. Every summer, I ask our
campers how many of their dad's attended Dixie. Usually
40-50 raise their hand. The past few years, I have asked
how many of their grandfather's attended Dixie. Every
week, a few raise their hands. And now my grandson,
Will, is one of them. Dixie has truly become a special
experience, and one that fathers and grandfathers are
passing down to their sons and grandsons.
Each summer in Summit,
Mississippi, I see 500 aspiring young basketball
players, who come to the Dixie Basketball Camp, that
display the attitude, effort and team spirit that makes
me excited for my grandson's future! I see campers who
say "Yes Sir and No Sir" and act like gentlemen in the
cafeteria. I see future leaders who work hard every day,
and love it, when I ask them, ARE YOU FIRED UP?!? They
respond, "YES SIR, FIRED UP SIR!!"
tell the kids every summer, that the athletic arena is
life’s greatest workshop! Nowhere in our society can a
young person learn the value of discipline, dedication,
hard work, teamwork, and overcoming adversity as in the
athletic arena. My Dad knew this all too well and
created the culture and spirit of our summer basketball
camp that has literally lived on for 52 years. Dixie is
a special experience and I thank God for the opportunity
he continues to give us to inspire campers to be the
very best they can be.
Dixie is a throwback camp. No other camp in the South
last a FULL week, and gives its campers the kind of
instruction, teaching, motivation, and spirit that
inspires us all, and lives on in us throughout the year.
So, for the 52nd summer, let me invite you to be a part
of a legendary basketball camp experience, one stocked
full of inspiring stories, excessive enthusiasm, and old
school discipline and work ethic. It is absolutely a
week you will never forget. See you in July!
Joe Dean Jr.
Camp Director (General II)