Boston city leaders gathered Saturday afternoon at Walker Playground in Mattapan to dedicate the basketball courts there in honor of the late Medina Dixon.
Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston Parks Commissioner Ryan Woods were joined by members of Dixon’s family, as well as local coaches and players to dedicate what became the city’s first-ever basketball court. Boston’s city park system to be named after a woman.
“This is a tribute as much to Medina Dixon as it is to the family and legacy they continue to represent,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “We are so grateful to the Department of Parks and so many other for ensuring his legacy is always and forever there as a platform for other young people to build their dreams as well.”
Dixon grew up in Mattapan, and by the time she transferred to Cambridge Rindge & Latin from West Roxbury High School, she was among the top high school players in the country. She began her college education in South Carolina in 1981 before heading to Old Dominion. There she was NCAA champion and brought home gold at the FIBA World Championship and bronze at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
“Medina Dixon was the best basketball player to ever come out of New England,” said community activist and successful basketball coach Alfreda Harris. “It was an honor for me to have coached her and to be a part of her life.”
She would go on to play professionally for 10 years in countries around the world like Italy and Japan. Dixon died last year at age 59 from pancreatic cancer.