Purpose History Leadership
Dixie founder Joe Dean, a.k.a. the General, believed that basketball was a vehicle to learning many important lessons that would sustain our campers in any walk of life.  He constantly encouraged the boys to work hard, be disciplined and enthusiastic, and they could be successful in any field they chose. 

The Dixie Basketball Camp focuses on teaching the fundamentals of basketball, but also puts campers in a competitive environment to help them learn how to develop toughness and confidence as a young athlete.  The key to Dixie's success in standing the test of time is the unique spirit and enthusiasm that is part of the Dixie culture every summer in Summit.

The Lakeside Oaks Basketball Camp was started by LSU player, Brad Brian, on a beautiful lakeside setting on Perkins Road outside Baton Rouge, owned by Brad's parents.  The camp initially attracted about 20 boys, but prior to the summer of 1966 Brad asked Joe Dean to join him in partnership in the Lakeside Oaks Basketball Camp.  The camp partners built a new bunkhouse, that accommodated 50 boys, and added a second outdoor basketball court.  Four, one-week sessions were offered that first summer, and the camp began to take shape.


In 1972, LSU hired Dale Brown as its new head basketball coach, and he quickly decided to start camps at LSU.  Joe Dean told his partner Brad Brian that they would have to move out of Baton Rouge, and start a new identity to compete in the camp market.  A coaching friend, Horace Holmes, who was the President of Southwest Mississippi Community College, asked Mr. Dean to explore moving the camp to his campus.  An agreement was forged and the newly named Dixie Basketball Camp relocated to Summit, Miss., in the summer of 1974.  The camp has been at this beautiful rural setting ever since, providing campers with a place to enjoy the game of basketball, develop lasting friendships, and learn many life lessons.


In the  mid-1980's, Dean's son, Joe Dean, Jr. became the camp director of Dixie, a position he has held ever since.  Dean Jr. played basketball at Mississippi State University, before embarking on a 17-year college coaching career at the University of Kentucky, Birmingham-Southern College, and the University of Central Florida.  He is currently the Athletics Director at Birmingham-Southern, and for the past 21 years has served as a color analyst on SEC basketball games, currently working for the SEC Network.


The camp was founded by Joe Dean, Sr., who grew up in the basketball hotbed of Indiana before matriculating to LSU, where he became a three-time All-SEC performer.  He was a first round draft pick of the New York Knicks, but decided to play professional basketball in the old Industrial League with the Phillip 66 Oilers in Bartlesville, OK.  For 29 years, he was a salesman and ultimately a senior Vice-President of marketing with the Converse Rubber Co.  In 1987, he was named the Director of Athletics at LSU and had to scale back his involvement in the camp. He passed in 2013.



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