Welcome to My Rally Campaign
Hello, my name is Nick Dixon and I live in Mammoth Lakes, CA.
My goal is to attend the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland as an MSc candidate in Sustainable Development, to prepare for enlistment in an Officer Candidacy program for the US Military, after a year of intensive athletics.
Why I'm Raising Funds
Funds will be used towards tuition and fees.
How I Got Here
I was the youngest uchi deshi, or live-in student, in Sunset Cliffs Aiki Dojo history. I spent 7 months in this intensive Aikido training program, and have since used my training to cross over into Lacrosse and Water Polo.
I took a year off college after coming out as LGBT. I was the target of hazing of a sports club on campus. In this interim year, I picked up lacrosse at Holy Cross College, and played Water Polo for the Men's club team at the University of Notre Dame (across the street). Contact sports help combat isolation and aggression issues for me, and since channeling my energy into martial arts, I have truly found my path and my calling.
Since my graduation from college, I have worked as a snowboard instructor at Mammoth Mountain. I had my first amateur MMA fight in Alaska. My proudest moment has been spearheading a Lacrosse/Aikido fusion clinic for the Paiute Tribe Community Center on the Paiute Reservation in Big Pine, CA.
My Granddad was of Scottish descent, and today marks two weeks since his passing. I at least was able to share the great news that I was accepted to the Univeristy of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland for a year-long MSc program before he passed.
I am in contact with the Water Polo coach at the University, and have arranged a schedule incorporating martial arts and combat sports in order to prepare myself for Officer Candidacy in the US Military upon completion of my graduate studies. As a descent of Scottish rebel heroes William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce, I hope to become a warrior and act as a force for good.
I would like to thank my Lacrosse coach Jeff Penny, my Aikido sensei Bernice Tom, and my Jiu Jitsu instructor Eric Leach as well as the staff and parents of the Lacrosse/Aikido program sponsored by TANF and the OVCDC here in Big Pine, CA.
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