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Badgers' Dixon honored for personal perseverance

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Badgers safety D'Cota Dixon is being honored for his tremendous personal perseverance. Dixon has been named one of five recipients of the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award.

The award honors student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletes. Dixon certainly fits that criteria. Dixon has earned all-conference honors on the football field and made the Dean's List as a student after overcoming a tough childhood in Miami. Dixon's brother was convicted of attempted murder. He was placed into foster care for a while. Dixon's father then died when he was in high school.

Dixon has also faced adversity at Wisconsin. He had multiple surgeries as a freshman. Then, a year ago, he battled a life-threatening infection that led to a long hospital stay.  Dixon found a way to return to the field in time to start for the Badgers all season.

Dixon will receive his award on June 10 in Orlando, Florida. He will be joined by Oregon State wrestler Ali Khalid Alshujery, Norfolk State basketball player Amber Brown, East Stroudsburg State swimmer Kelly Buyaskas and UCLA baseball player Nicholas Kern.

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