Many of Dixon’s athletes noted that they wouldn’t be the people they are today without having had her in their lives.
“Donna is truly an amazing person. She is one of the few faculty members that truly had an impact on my life ,” said Kim’s daughter, Emily Lashway, whom Dixon recruited to play soccer at CCC.
In addition, Kim told the board that Donna held the bar high for students both on and off the field and even enforced mandatory study sessions to ensure athletes’ grades were up to par.
”Donna’s basketball, softball and soccer players have a graduation rate of 48 percent,” she said. “The average college graduation rate for the average Clinton student is 28 percent.”
A number of students said they would not have attended Clinton Community College if it weren’t for Dixon taking an interest in their athletic abilities in high school.
”Donna has recruited so many women athletes since she first started coaching, numbers that should be looked into and considered as part of her contribution to Clinton Community College.
”Our college can not afford this loss and students do not deserve it,” Emily said. “Rethinking this decision would be in the best interest of the current and future students of Clinton. It would be a shame to see Donna Dixon’s gift leave our community college.”
And with tears in her eyes, House-Devins told Dixon, who listened from the audience, of how respected she is among those she has coached.
”If things don’t work out the way you want them to, I hope it gives you some sense of accomplishment and happiness to know that so many of us are here because we see you as a significant role model in our lives, and we can only hope to be just an ounce of the person you are today,” she said.