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Fall Down 7 Times, Stand up 8: The Story of Martin Dixon-Green

Posted on 02. Nov, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

It was July 2009 and Martin Dixon-Green was balling out at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.  Widely regarded as the premier stop on the AAU circuit, Martin will forever remember his first trip to the sin city.  "It was a blow out game" remembers Martin.  "We were up by 30, 4th quarter."  What started out as a routine week on the traveling circuit ended up as a challenge that would seriously test both his commitment and desire for the game.  

With one minute left in the blowout, Martin went up for a layup and came down awkward on his foot.  At the time he thought it would just be a small set back that would require some ice and a couple days of rest.  "When I got back home and got x-rays, the doctor told me it was broken" said Martin.  The original diagnosis was that he would be sidelined 4-6 weeks."It took a full 13 weeks and even though it felt good, it didn't feel the same" said Martin.  Martin enrolled at Mountain State Academy in West Virginia and after just a few months, he broke the bone in his foot again.    "At that point people were telling me that maybe I should think about doing something else.  They were saying I had a bum wheel.  That I blew out my foot" remembers a choked up Martin.  Despite the bleak outlook, Martin pushed through and never gave up on his dream.  

One full year after Martin sustained his original injury, he made his return playing for Team Takeover Canada in West Virginia Jam Fest.  This Flagrant Fouls analyst was on hand and remembers thinking that Martin "couldn't throw a beach ball into the ocean if he was standing in the shallow end".  Despite the obvious rust, Martin made a giant leap in production each game we took in.  TTC went on to win the deal, capturing the 16u Gold Division Championship despite more than 85 of the best teams from across North America entering.  For Martin it was more than a championship.  He and his teammates celebrated by dancing and screaming the entire 8 hour bus ride back to Canada.  "It was good to see Martin smile again" says TTC coach Mike George.  "After going through the frustrating process with his injury, it was good to see Martin back with the guys, competing, smiling, and doing what he loves to do."

With his comeback in progress and his AAU season complete, Martin enrolled at Vermont Academy.  Since he's been there, he's managed to work himself back to 100% and he's regained the explosiveness he was once known for.  "One day we were scrimmaging and I just felt really good.  I was coming off a screen and the big man came forward to help.  I slipped him and ended up dunking over their four man.  I was like WHAT !  I can do that again?  That's when I realized I was all the way back."  says Martin, clearly fired up. 

Martin has every reason to be excited about his return to health.  Back to full strength for the first time in 14 months, Martin has had coaches come through the Vermont Academy gym and evidently they were extremely impressed with what they saw.  "The first school that came out to see me was Washington and I absolutely killed." said Martin.  Washington offered and the rest as they say is history.  Since then, UConn, Boston College, and Oklahoma have all offered, while Virginia, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Cleveland State, and New Mexico State have shown considerable interest.  

They say good things happen to those who wait and for Martin that quote couldn't be more accurate.  He never gave up on himself, his ability, or his faith that it would all work itself out.    Martin uses a quote from Dwayne Wade for continued inspiration. "Fall down 7 times, Stand up 8 !!" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin's inspirational story of perserverance and patience will be featured in the inaugural issue of Flagrant Fouls Magazine.  We'll continue to update you both on the website and on twitter to let you know how to obtain a copy.

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2 Responses to “Fall Down 7 Times, Stand up 8: The Story of Martin Dixon-Green”

  1. Canadian Content – Toronto Update 03. Nov, 2010

    [...] A big shout to our boy Nolan Shulman at Flagrant Fouls for doing this great story … Fall Down 7 Times, Stand up 8: The Story of Martin Dixon-Green | Flagrant Fouls [...]

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  2. Beans 02. Nov, 2010

    Ha, Love it!

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