Feb 20th, 2015 @ 11:10 am | Author: Mark Potts
Valley City State University junior Courtney Dixon has been selected as one of 27 student-athletes nationwide to serve on the new NAIA Association of Student-Athletes.

A native of Casselton, N.D., Dixon is a member of the VCSU women's basketball team and president of the VCSU Viking Athletic Council. She has been chosen by the NAIA national office to represent both the North Star Athletic Association and the sport of Division II Women's Basketball.

The Association of Student-Athletes (ASA) will be the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' (NAIA) first governance group made up entirely of students and function as the advocacy arm of the student-athlete collective. The ASA will include at least one representative from every conference and every NAIA championship sport.

"I am honored to have been selected to represent VCSU and the North Star Athletic Association at a national level," said Dixon. "It is a great opportunity and I can't wait for this experience to begin."

Dixon, a graduate of Central Cass High School, is currently studying elementary education at VCSU. She has been named to the VCSU President's List (4.0 GPA) the past three semesters. Dixon is the daughter of Jeff and Kristi Dixon.

On the court, Dixon is averaging 9.5 points and 4.7 rebounds this season for the Vikings, who are 19-8 and in the hunt for a spot in the NAIA national tournament. Off the court, Dixon is president of the Viking Athletic Council and is a New Student Orientation Leader. She is also a member of VCSU Student Senate and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Dixon said she's excited to be a member of the new ASA, which will give her and fellow student-athletes a voice at the national level.

“The ASA will allow student-athletes to have an input on the issues that directly impact them every day,” said Kent Paulson, chair of the Conference Commissioners Association and Frontier Conference commissioner. “This group will have the unique opportunity to discuss matters most important to them on the NAIA’s biggest stage.”

Some of the topics the ASA will discuss in the coming year include the student-athlete experience, health and safety of student-athletes and Champions of Character initiatives.

“The student-athletes who will make up the ASA are great representatives of and ambassadors for the NAIA,” said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO. “We look forward to begin conversations with the ASA so we can learn more about the ideas they will be bringing to the table.”